Leadership and Advisors

Kaliya “Identity Woman” Hamlin,
Founder and Executive Director of the Consortium and Publisher of the Personal Data Journal

Kaliya Hamlin is well known by her professional handle ,”Identity Woman,” and is proud of her tagline: Saving the world with user-centric identity and personal data.

In 2012 she was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.  An expert in user-centric identity and data sharing, she is in demand by executives in industry, government, and academia, most recently including SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) and the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academies.

Kaliya co-founded Internet Identity Workshop (IIW) with Doc Searls and Phil Windley. IIW is widely acknowledged as the industry’s leading conference driving innovation, collaboration, and adoption of user-centric technologies. She is leading the effort to develop a new kind of community-industry association to link stakeholder groups across the emerging personal data ecosystem.

Photo credit: Kaliya Hamlin by Doc Searls

Board Members:


Clay ShirkyClay Shirky, Board Member

Mr. Shirky divides his time between consulting, teaching, and writing on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. His consulting practice focuses on the rise of decentralized technologies such as peer-to-peer, web services, and wireless networks that provide alternatives to the wired client/server infrastructure that characterizes the Web. Current clients include Nokia, GBN, the Library of Congress, the Highlands Forum, the Markle Foundation, and the BBC. In addition, Mr. Shirky is an adjunct professor in NYU’s graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) and has written extensively about the internet since 1996. He has a BA in art from Yale University.

Photo credit: Clay Shirky by Joi Ito

Phil Windley, Board Member
Phil Windley

Phillip J. Windley, Ph.D. is the Founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Kynetx, a startup focused on building services that use information from personal data stores and public data streams.

Dr. Windley is a frequent author and speaker on digital identity, web architectures, web services and interoperability. He writes the popular Technometria blog, which contains numerous white papers in these areas and others. Dr. Windley is the author of the book Digital Identity, published by O’Reilly Media. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University and Executive Producer of IT Conversations, a popular network of technology podcasts.

Tony Fish, Board Member

Tony Fish is an entrepreneur, author and investor with over twenty years of experience working with leading brands, high growth companies and in venture capital. His professional experience crossing all digital sectors, with expertise in mobile and web.

Fish is the author of My Digital Footprint: a two-sided business model where your privacy will be someone else’s business, Nov. 2009, and has previously co-authored two books on mobile and innovation: Mobile Web 2.0: the innovators guide to developing and marketing next generation wireless/mobile applications, August 2006; and OpenGardens, the innovators guide to mobile data industry, December 2004.

Aldo Castaneda, Board Member

Aldo founded the Story of Digital Identity podcast in the fall of 2005 while he was attending law and business school in Boston.  He wrote his thesis on  user-centric identity topic. The podcast ran for two years and included over 60 interviews of key leaders in industry.  He currently works for a technology firm in the Bay Area and continues to follow industry developments closely.


Journal Masthead

Patrick Reilly, J.D, Associate Publisher, Personal Data Journal

As a practicing intellectual property attorney, Patrick has a special interest in the evolution in the Law, privacy and Internet identity. In his role as founder of the Intellectual Property Society, he produces and hosts educational seminars and videoblogs in collaboration with organizations such as the High Tech Law Institute of Santa Clara University.  Patrick’s law practice addresses creative rights, patent prosecution, start-up formation issues, trademark prosecution, copyright protection and trade secret policy. He is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute in Russian Language Studies, and has earned a B.S. in Sociology from the State University of New York, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toledo and a J.D. from Concord University. Patrick is a member of the U.S. Patent Bar and the California State Bar. His personal interests include linguistics, open water rowing and public media.

Kelly Mackin, Editor, Personal Data Journal

Kelly has held many positions in both journalism and technology. She was most recently President and Chief Operating Officer of DataMotion, a secure messaging cloud service. She began her career in technology as an editor for Miller Freeman Publications, and has written professionally for PC Magazine, Network Computing, ComputerWorld, and many others. She has a degree in economics and physics from Hampshire College and a Certificate in Science Writing from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Kelly has a degree in economics and physics from Hampshire College and a Certificate in Science Writing from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Joseph Boyle,  Analyst, Personal Data Journal

Joseph BoyleJoseph led PDEC’s 2011 analysis of of industry, advocacy group, and community responses to the 2010 U.S. Federal Trade Commission white paper revamping its consumer privacy framework and the U. S. Department of Commerce Green Paper on Privacy and Innovation. He represented PDEC at several conferences in 2011, from Enterprise Data World to Indie Web Camp. A member of the OASIS technical committee drafting the XDI data modeling and sharing protocol, Joseph has been tracking and participating in a range of other standards related to the emerging ecosystem at OASIS, W3C, ITEF, Kantara and independent efforts. Earlier in his career, he planned and orchestrated implementation of Unicode at CRM vendor Siebel, including building an automated transformation of a multimillion-line C++ codebase, and working with developers and product managers companywide to enable and integrate their components.

Markus Sabadello, Researcher, Personal Data Journal

Based in Vienna, Markus has been active in the user-centric identity community since 2007 and has worked as a consultant and developer for several companies that are now members of the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium. He also runs his own open-source project (Project Danube), where he implements on an experimental basis new ideas and trends as they emerge. He is a regular attendee of the Internet Identity Workshop as well as an active participant in several communities working on user-centric identity and new models for personal data online. Some of the technologies with which he has extensive professional experience include OpenID, OAuth, XRI, XDI, SAML, UMA, IMI, OStatus and RDF/OWL. With an educational background in computer science as well as peace and conflict studies, Markus is deeply interested in both technology itself and the potential for the positive political and social changes it engenders.