I’ve co-founded a company! The Leola Group

Thursday evening following Internet Identity Workshop #18 in May I co-Founded and became Co-CEO of the Leola Group with my partner William Dyson.

So how did this all happen? Through a series of interesting coincidences in the 10 days (yes just 10 days) William got XDI to work for building working consumer facing applications. He showed the music meta-data application on Thursday evening and wowed many with the working name Nymble registry.  The XDI [eXtneible Resource Identifier Data Interchange] standard has been under development at OASIS for over 10 years. Getting it to actually work and having the opportunity to begin to build applications that really put people at the center of their own data lives is a big step forward both for the Leola Group and the  Personal Data community at large.

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On being an accidental NSTIC Pilot Yenta

The first person who I heard calling herself a Yenta was Deborah Elizabeth Finn who I met via my participation in the Nonprofit Technology world and the NTEN community.  She is “the Cyber Yenta” helping nonprofit folks figure out their technology needs and match making. Yenta is a Yiddish word for a woman who is doing mate matchmaking. 

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Personal – a personal data service is LIVE!

It is a big day 11-11-11 for many reasons. One is that Personal emerged out of closed beta. Yeah!   When I first met and talked with Shane Green, I was so excited because I met a kindred spirit who shared core beliefs with the community around IIW (user-centric identity, VRM etc). I knew after spending 5 hours in 2 days talking to him that with his experience, personal leadership, and the funding they had already secured  (from Steve Case and others) that they were going to make a big splash when it finally launched.

As a bonus, the whole topic of Personal Data got coverage in AdAge yesterday mentioning both Personal and Reputation.com in an article:

Why Your Personal Data Is The New Oil

I think the biggest thing Personal has going for it its focus on design and usability.  Wire protocols (the technical bits of moving data and formatting it) are easy compared to how people can easily understand, interact with and manipulate the vast range of personal data they have, that is information which is personal TO them – not their tweets and photos that they proactively share, but all the “stuff” they should have a record of somewhere. Their car serial number, passport number, codes to garage doors for baby sitters and the kids allergies that need to be shared with playdates, school and the soccer team.

They are using OAuth, a key open standard, in their connectors linking information you have at one site to your personal vault in their store.

 

It is pretty simple when you get started.

1) You can add empty gems and fill them out.

2) You can share them with others… and also revoke permissions.

Anyone who sees a gem you have given access to has to agree to your “control” of the data and that when it is revoked they don’t keep a copy of it. They also can’t share it with others without your permission (you would give that other party access to your gem if you wanted to share with them). 

3) You can look for gems that have already been created by others about things they own or preferences/needs they have.

4) And get the mobile app.

Now that they have launched, I am going to dive in and start playing with gems and sharing relevant ones with friends and colleagues.

Other key items to note are the coming anonymity features they are planning on rolling out.

We believe strongly in your right to remain anonymous when you choose. At present, we only support remaining anonymous when publishing community gems, but will be rolling out new anonymity features in the very near future.

 

Please vote for my SXSW panels

30% of the panels at the SXSW conference are picked by people’s votes so please if you care about these topics and want to see them covered please Vote for Me!

Personal Data Triple Win: People, Business & Gov – Kaliya Hamlin solo short talk

Obama & NSTIC: All Your IDs Are Belong to U(S) – Kaliya Hamlin on panel with others

Let My Data Go! Open data portability standards – Kaliya Hamlin, Phil Wolff

Rules for Innovators of User Centric Personal Data – Mary Hodder panel organizer

Successful Unconference Patterns – Jennifer Holmes, Kaliya Hamlin

 

PDEC Value Network Mapping Phase One – you are invited

This is cross posted from the PDEC Blog – original post over there.

Last week Kaliya and Verna Alee traveled to the Cloud Identity Summit to get the Phase 1 of our first Industry Collaborative project started.

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PDEC Industry Collaborative Project

I am at the Cloud Identity Summit with Verna Allee to begin our first Industry Collaboration Project.

Value Network Mapping and Analysis of the Current and Future Ecosystem for Personal Data

We are focused on defining ecosystem roles and mapping the value and data flows in online industries that collect and use personal data.  We will also consider what happens when new services that work on behalf of people are added into the mix.

If you are here at the Cloud Identity Summit please join us to contribute your ecosystem insights. This week we are mapping:

1-4pm Wednesday and Thursday Greys Peak 2 Room

Informally we will be at tables around the conference collaborating with attendees mapping.

We will continue the phase 1 effort August 3rd in San Francisco. If you are interested in learning more please contact me.

How does it work? In the session we will be working collaboratively refining roles such as, data broker, data aggregator, vendor, individual, transaction provider etc. We will then explore how value (money, information, data, etc flows) in between these roles today and look at how the ecosystem map changes when we add in emerging roles such as personal data store providers.

What is the output? In late summer PDEC will publishing the results of Phase 1 general Value Network Map under a creative commons, with attribution, commercial license.

What’s Next? In Phase 2 of the project the general value network map will serve as the basis of Industry Specific Maps for how the ecosystem is activated in different industry scenarios. Industries we have in the pipeline for sponsorship are Finance and Media/Advertising. We are considering maps for Telecommunications, Data Aggregation, and Implementing Accountability Frameworks.

If you are interested in participating in Phase 2 please contact me.

 

Igniting the Personal Data Ecosystem Deep Dive Workshop, April 7th in Palo Alto

Igniting the Personal Data Ecosystem Deep Dive Workshop April 7th in Palo Alto

Within the STL Partners/Telco 2.0 New Digital Economics event.

Link to the event page http://bit.ly/pdew

This event brings together three different communities focused on this area:

Telco 2.0 – a conference and analysis offering by STLPartners for the last several years and is has key forward thinking leader of that industry participating

* The World Economic Forum recently released a report in this area Personal Data: An Emerging Asset Class and is promoting the event as a venue to make progress on the action items (see below)

* The Internet Identity Workshop / User-Centric Identity Community focused on emerging open standards, innovative startups and open source efforts. Along with the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium that is coming together.  We have been tracking the industry on our wiki and there are over a dozen startups in the space and over a 1/2 dozen open source projects.  You can see all of the ones we know about on our wiki http://hub.personaldataecosystem.org.

You can see the notes from various sessions in the last several years at IIW.  http://iiw.idcommons.net/Personal_Data_Ecosystem-Notes this year is sure to be even richer and deeper and building on this event a month before.

At the deep dive workshop the event will be facilitated by me and the agenda will be made live the day of the event.  It will be a rich and deep discussion and action planning meeting about making key aspects of the ecosystem real.

Their is a 20% discount – VIP946.  Along with prices for ” there are some ‘early bird’, ‘Independent Developer/Start-Up’ and ‘team’ discounts available.  See workshop & Register here http://bit.ly/pdew

Like all the events that I run participation is more important then your ability to pay. If you feel like you have something to contribute and can’t afford it please contact me.

Personal Data Ecosystem, FTC and Commerce Dept. Responses

I worked hard with the chair of our board Mary Hodder on our responses to the Commerce Deparment Privacy Green Paper and the Federal Trade Commission White Paper on “Do Not TracK”.

They outline in detail our worldview and put forward the third way a personal data ecosystem – not stalking as usual and not do track which throws out all the value in the ecosystem. First articulated in the speech that I gave at the Digital Privacy Forum in NYC in January that is now on C-SPAN.

* Here is our Commerce Department Response.

* Here is our Federal Trade Commission Response.

The guys at Opus Research did a Summary of our Response.

Companies in the Personal Data Ecosystem Space

Update: The Personal Data Ecosystem Startup Circle is full of amazing companies.

Today at the Round Table on Do Not Track people were asking me what all the startups in the space are. For expedience a lot of the descriptions are drawn from the companies own websites. We will work on keeping this updated and write better descriptions in the coming week.

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Personal Data Ecosystem talk at Digital Privacy Forum, Jan 20th, 2011 in NYC

This is my talk presented to the Digital Privacy Forum produced by Media Bistro, January 20th, 2011 about Personal Data Ecosystem and the emerging consortium in the space.

Thanks for inviting me here to speak with you today.

The purpose of my talk is to share a new possibility for the future regarding users’ personal data that most have not yet explored. It sits between the two extremes of a familiar spectrum.

On one end, “Do not track” using technology and a legal mandate to prevent any data collection.

AND

On the other end, “Business as usual” leaving the door open for ever more “innovative” pervasive and intrusive data collection and cross referencing.

There is a third possibility that aligns with peoples’ privacy needs as well as offering enormous business opportunities.

A nascent but growing industry of personal data storage services is emerging.  These strive to allow individuals to collect their own personal data to manage it and then give permissioned access to their digital footprint to the business and services they choose—businesses they trust to provide better customization, more relevant search results, and real value for the user from their data.

With other leading industry thinkers, I have come to believe that there is more money to be made in an ecosystem that allows users to determine which businesses have access to what data,and under what terms and conditions, than there is under present more diffused, scattershot, and unethical collection systems. Today I will articulate the broad outlines of this emerging “personal data ecosystem” and talk about developments in the industry.

Those of you who know me will find it unusual for me to have such a keen focus on making money on user data and emerging business models.

I am, after all, known as the “Identity Woman – Saving the World with User-Centric Identity”. Since first learning about issues around identity technologies online in 2003, I have been an end user advocate and industry catalyst.

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Personal Data Ecosystem Videos from Telco 2.0

I had a great week at Telco 2.0 the week before IIW.   STL partners has been running Telco 2.0 events for a few years focused on new business models for that industry.   They have honed in on the potential to provide services to people to collect and manage their own data.   This week they published interviews from three of the key speakers all of whom who also attended IIW the following week.  Much of the focus for both events was on the emerging Personal Data Ecosystem.

I recommend the content on the Telco 2.0 site and if you are interesting in visiting interesting innovative parts of the Telco world they have great events for that.

AT&T: to be a ‘Personal Information Agent’
Von Wright, VP Cloud & Wholesale Services, describes how AT&T plans to put consumers in control of their own data, and take the role of an agent or broker for their Personal Information

Google: Strategic ‘Co-opetition’ with Telcos on Consumer Data

The ‘Personal Information Economy’ will see a higher intensity of strategic co-opetition between Google and telcos according to Google’s Eric Sachs.

Microsoft: Why Telcos Must Act Now or Lose The Opportunity

Marc Davis, formerly Yahoo! Mobile’s Chief Scientist, now at Microsoft, and a key collaborator with both Telco 2.0 and the World Economic Forum’s ‘Re-Thinking Personal Data’ initiative, gives his unique perspective on the ‘Gold Rush’ for personal information, and why telcos must act now or lose the opportunity to take a valuable role in it.

The Emerging Personal Data Ecosystem

This week I am heading to Telco 2.0 because the conversations with telco’s about how they participate in the Personal Data Ecosystem are moving forward in interesting ways.   IIW #10 had several long sessions about the topic. IIW-East was full with each of the 8  time slots having a session about different aspects and IIW-Europe October 11th coincided with the announcement of the first community prototype personal data stores by MyDex.

Learning from one of the mistakes of the past – market confusion inhibiting understanding and adoption of user centric identity technologies. The Personal Data Ecosystem is going to be a “front door” for those seeking to understand the ecosystem overall with a simple message and clear picture of what is happening. It will also connect people to the community working on the aspect of the ecosystem relevant to them. Our focus is on developing the  core communities needed for success and fostring communication amongst them.  These communities include  end users, large personal data service providers, companies providing data to personal data services, developers and startups leveraging this new ecosystem, regulators and advocacy groups along with the legal community and their efforts to create the legal frameworks needed to really protect people.

We arleady have a number of projects working on key aspects around the ecosystem and we will support their success linking them together – Project VRM, ID-Legal, Project Nori, Higgins-Project, Project Danube, XDI.org and IIW (they are linked at the bottom of the Personal Data Ecosystem site),   This is a big tent ANY OTHER projects that are related are welcome.  We don’t need another dot org to link efforts togethers so PDE is going to be chartered as part of IC3 (Identity Commons).

Right now the Personal Data Ecosystem site is aggregating content from blogs of those covering and building in the space.   This week we will be doing our first Podcast covering this emerging industry – Aldo Casteneda who you may remember from The Story of Digital Identity will be hosting it with me.

Next week we will be able to collect links submitted via delicious for the blog. I am working with the fabulous Sarah Dopp on website strategy and online community development and Van Riper is working with me on community management.

IIW coming up in a week is going to be a core community gathering for emerging developments.

Vision & Principles for the Personal Data Ecosystem

This is an outline of a my Vision for Core Aspects of the Personal Data Ecosystem.

I along with others are working to catalyze, grow and launch this ecosystem – more posts will follow on that work.

Visions and Principles for the Personal Data Ecosystem

The future is at stake – without control over our own personal data, having a copy of all the digital bread crumbs we are leaving behind in the digital world, we leave ourselves to be tracked, and potentially manipulated by commercial interests without our knowledge.

This presents a vision for core aspects of the emerging interoperable, open standards based ecosystem of personal data services – rooted in the core functionality of a Personal Data Store – the vault/locker/services/broker where all an individuals data is collected and stored and managed.

Dignity of the Individual is Core
Human dignity must lie at the core of the Personal Data Ecosystem. People must be able to shape how they represent themselves in digital contexts. People need the freedom to shape how they present themselves and how the data they generate in their lives is collected and used.

Systems Must Respect Relationships
Relationships must be respected between people, between people and groups, and between groups and groups.  The Personal Data Ecosystem must respect that people and communities have different levels of publicness.  The relationships that people have with one another must be respected and the social context in which they are formed must be honored.

Remember the Greatness of Groups
Personal Data and control over it give people a core human dignity.  It also must be remembered that human social life and human identity is shaped by our participation and membership in groups. It is the core organizing form of our society. Fundamental functionality must enable people to organize in groups, and it must be abstracted from any particular service or domain space.

The Social Web is not Networked Individualism
People broadcasting what they do to their friends or followers does not make a social web; communities and groups do.

Protocols that Enable Broad Possibilities are Essential
Protocols matter deeply: they shape what is possible by their definition of use cases that are possible or not in a given protocol landscape.   To have a truly social and dynamic web, there is a role for protocols that are designed specifically for that purpose, not just to create web pages or send emails.

Open Standards for Data and Metadata are Essential
It is vital that the personal data store ecosystem be interoperable with open standards so people are free to choose which personal data services they wish to use.  Just like people are free to pick which bank to hold their money and provide services to them in the financial realm.

Defaults Must Work for Most People Most of the Time
All systems have defaults.  The paradox of choice is that more options can overwhelm people and they end up not considering the choices they have. Real people need to have input into the creation and ongoing development of systemic defaults.

Norms and Practices in the Personal Data Ecosystem Must be Backed up by Law
Emerging technologies need to have legal agreements and frameworks innovated to match their functionality.  The work on the legal framework for this ecosystem is as important as the protocols and code that make it go.

Business Opportunities Abound in this New Personal Data Ecosystem
The paradigm of user collection, control and management of the personal data they are creating implicitly and explicitly around the web is a huge opportunity for services and ways of doing business. Creativity is needed to think through these new possibilities.

Diversity is Key to the Success of the Personal Data Ecosystem
Large companies and nimble startups are all needed for the success of this emerging ecosystem.

I originally outlined these on August 12th just before the XDI Retreat that happened in Whistler, Canada.
The guys stopped by on their way to that event and I handed them this sheet of paper.

UPDATE: Phil Windley posted the following IIW principles for the Personal Data X (with X being, store, service, locker, bank, broker, vault, etc.) following IIW-East in DC. At that event we had a session on personal data X in each of the 8 conference session time slots. They are very complementary. Principles for PDX.