When Kaliya Young (handle: Identity Woman) embarked on co-founding a consultancy for blockchain and decentralised identity, mainstream identity domains dominated forum discussions. Her blog started commenting on decentralised identity technologies and over time has helped a shift in formulating another layer of identity for people based on open standards incorporating decentralisation, for example eIDAS 2.0.

User-owned data models are now at an advantage of integrating digital identities with customer services and increasing adoption and onboarding with technologies like the EU Digital Identity Wallet. Data protection is an expectation in the mainstream industry as advanced internet domains emerge – like the metaverse and Web 3.0 – and blockchain ledger architecture secures transactions of people’s most wanted credentials.

This interview was filmed at Identity Week America 2022, where the Identity Woman practice consulted a larger audience of identity professionals about data ownership models and bringing digital identity management back to internet users. The event returns on 3-4 October 2023 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, with the issues of decentralised identity, blockchain and the metaverse taking on mainstream theatres and viewpoints.