Getting Started with Identity


Welcome to the Identity Woman Blog

I am an advocate for the rights and dignity of our digital selves.

Where I am in the World

Latest Media & Papers

Posts about Identity & NSTIC

Organizations and Events I share leadership in

Click more to see below the line and find out all this.

Where I am in the World:

I live on the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay.

I’m not traveling that much. I will be attending the Young Global Leaders Summit in August.

Internet Identity Workshop  October 27-29 in Mountain View

The amazing workshop I founded to make user-centric ID real.


Latest Media with Me:

Quoted in Guardian Article about Ellen Pao:  ‘What did you expect?’ Women in tech reflect on Ellen Pao’s exit from Reddit.

Open protocols and open people: preserving the transformational potential of social media  An article on Open Democracy in the Transformation section I was invited to write by Michael Edwards.

NSTIC in Tech President: In Obama Administration’s People-Powered Digital Security Initiative, There’s Lots of Security, Fewer People 

Article on the BC eID Citizen Engagement Panel in Re:ID. PDF: reid_spring_14-BC

Fast Company Live Chat: On Taking Back Your Data

Fast Company: World Changing Ideas of 2014: You Will Take your Data Back

My Papers:

Posts about Identity:

  •  NymWars – My Personal Saga with Google in the [psuedo] NymWars to use the name I choose on their service – annotation of all my posts.
  • My speech at the Digital Privacy Forum in January 2011 articulating a vision that goes beyond “Do-Not-Track” vs. Business as Usual, creating a new ecosystem where people collect their own data.

Posts on NSTIC:

  • Participatory Totalitarianism! – My TEDxBrussels Talk about how if we don’t get this NSTIC stuff right we will end up in a really creepy world.  It references my struggles with Google+ to use the name I chose for my online self.


Organizations and Events I share leadership in:

  • I founded She’s Geeky a women’s only unconfernece for those in Technology and STEAM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)
  • I am the co-founder of The Leola Group We are building cool things and working to transform the internet.
  • I co-founded, co-produce and co-facilitate the Internet Identity Workshop #20 is April -9 in Mountain View, CA. This conference has focused on User-Centric Identity since 2005.
  • I am a steward of Identity Commons which keeps all the organizations and groups working on user-centric identity linked together.
  • I am the volunteer network director at the civil society organization I have been affiliated with since 2003.
  • I co-founded Digital Death Day and work with that community to continue to host events on the issue. You can see a video of me talking at Privacy Identity and Innovation about this. The next conference is in London on October 6th.
  • I own a business that designs and facilitates participant driven events for a range of clients (IIW, She’s Geeky and Digital Death Day are all Unconferences).


  1. says

    I haven’t checked in here for a while because I thought it was getting boring, but the last few posts are great quality so I guess I will add you back to my everyday bloglist. You deserve it my friend :)

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