Independent Digital Identity & Rights Expert
Identity Management & Security Program, Master of Science
School of Information and the Center for Identity/IDWise
University of Texas at Austin

“Identiverse: The Evolution of Digital Identity and Openness”
FRIDAY, APRIL 20 • 3:15p

Kaliya Young aka “Identity Woman” is a nymwarrior and an internationally recognized expert in self-sovereign identity and the blockchain. She is active across a range of communities and organizations in the technology industry that touch on aspects affecting user-centric identity. Young graduated from the first cohort of Masters of Science in Identity Management and Security  from the University of Texas at Austin in December 2017. Her masters thesis is a comprehensive framework explaining all the domains of  identity, where individuals’ personal data ends up in databases. Young is actively focused on working to support the emergence of a self-sovereign (decentralized) identity layer of the internet along with new social tools and services that leverage it.

She is co-founder of the Internet Identity Workshop (with Doc Searls and Phil Windley), and founder of the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium working to catalyze a network of companies working to give individuals the tools to collect, manage and gain value from their own personal data generated actively and passively as they interact with all kinds of digital systems. She is also the founder of She’s Geeky: Connecting Women in STEAM. Young’s firm,, specializes  in designing and facilitating unconferences for a variety of technical communities worldwide.

In 2012, she was elected to the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) Identity Ecosystem Steering Committee, Management Council as the Consumer Advocate delegate, and named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Young serves on the OASIS IDTrust member steering committee and is active in the Federated Social Web, which recently moved its work to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).  She has been named one of the most influential women in tech by Fast Company Magazine, and presented keynotes and panels at Data Week, Privacy Identity and Innovation, NIST’s  IDTrust Conference, SXSW and BlogHer. Identity Woman has been quoted in a range of media, including the New York Times, MIT Technology Review, Business Week, and ReadWriteWeb.