About Us

The Consortium was founded in 2010 by Kaliya “Identity Woman” Hamlin to catalyze a thriving ecosystem. We are:

  • connecting the entrepreneurs building new businesses around user-centric personal data;
  • advocating for individuals having the tools and rights to access and manage their own data; and
  • helping business sectors that depended on and made money in the old personal data ecosystem to transform their practices to make money in the new one.

The Startup Circle was founded in June of 2011. This community’s mission is connecting startups, particularly personal data startups. We are focused on proactively supporting the development of shared understanding and shared language, which are critical precursors for high-performance collaboration.



Industry Collaborative is in development  for technologists and business leaders from established companies in banking,  telecom, cable, web, advertising, finance, device manufacturing, media and other industries seeking to understand opportunities, launch pilot projects and ultimately offer services in the ecosystem. Companies in these industries currently engage by subscribing to the Personal Data Journal.

Vision Development & Industry Outreach 

We hold true to one core non-negotiable: People are ultimately in control of the sum of their data.  There is a huge diversity of services and business models that can thrive in this ecosystem. We are focused on supporting these interoperable ecosystem visions becoming reality and communicating them to neighboring industries.

Standards Engagement and Development

To succeed, an effective personal data ecosystem needs to use open standards to allow many different services to interoperate. We track developments in many open standards efforts and are proactively engaged in several standards technical committees. We report on our activity in the Personal Data Journal.