The Innovation Hub

The Innovation Hub

The innovation hub was established to create an environment where teams can create open source standards and software to facilitate the privacy safe authentication, storage, and sharing of data.

Meet the team

  • Paul Knowles - Paul is the innovation lead behind many decentralized global data economy initiatives. His recent work on Overlays and the Blinding Identity Taxonomy within the Identity community facilitates safe data sharing with peer to peer technology. Paul’s reputation as a data expert has been established through a career in pharma biometrics where he has worked with companies including Roche, Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Amgen, and Pfizer. Paul is the Innovation & Emerging Technology lead at Dativa, the current chair of the Hyperledger Indy Semantics workgroup and an active contributing member at IEEE, MyData Global and Kantara Initiative.
  • Jan Lindquist - Jan is a privacy advisor conducting GDPR workshops and assessments. He specialises in helping companies with their data strategy, data science and data engineering initiatives (AWS and GCP). When it comes to privacy policy, Jan advocates a privacy by design methodology following regulatory requirements to protect the rights and interests of the consumer. Jan is an active member of Kantara Initiative's Consent & Information Sharing workgroup and is currently creating a GDPR-compliant framework based on Hyperledger Indy to manage the consent lifecycle. His ultimate goal is to establish digital trust in a decentralised user-centic data economy where personal data held by data controllers can be rescinded by the user once consent has been withdrawn.
  • Kyle Den Hartog - Kyle wants to see a world where passwords are eliminated as the primary form of authentication. This vision led him to be an eager contributor to the design and development of DID-Auth along with other standards in the decentralized identity community. Loaded with a Bachelors of Arts in Computer Science from the University of Iowa, a penchant for blockchain and distributed ledger technologies, and a need to enhance human cultures everywhere with self-sovereign identity systems, Kyle launches himself headfirst into active like-minded communities that embrace these topics.
  • Robert Mitwicki - Robert is a highly experienced software architect and developer whose recent focus has been engaged in self-sovereign identity (SSI) and user-centric data initiatives. Capitalizing on a wealth of experience in software design, quality assurance, software engineering and DevOps practices, and with expertise in mobile and web development, Robert is currently developing a new form of digital wallet to allow people to participate in this new interoperable and fair decentralized data economy. Robert is one of the founding sponsors of the Hyperledger Aries project, infrastructure for blockchain-rooted, peer-to-peer interactions.
  • Petri Seljavaara - Petri is an user experience specialist. His approach is to combine business and technology to user-centric service design. In this process, usability is the main driver bringing together the business model, technologies and the user interface. Petri is the first in the world to invent and patent the key technologies used in responsive internet today. Before setting up his own company, Petri spearheaded Nokia Mobile Phone’s user interface graphics globally. Petri has degrees in both business and design. Petri is currently focusing on the disruptive opportunities created by the MyData movement.

The team is available for any projects that further the goals of the team, specifically around self-sovereign-identity and semantic overlays.

You can see the latest version of the blinding identity taxonomy here

Self Sovereign Identity

Self Sovereign Identity

We are at the cutting edge of Self Sovereign Identity (SSI) with our work with both the Sovrin foundation and Hyperledger Indy

Semantic Overlays

Semantic Overlays

We are leading the development of semantic overlays to provide a hierarchical metadata set to enable the privacy compliant sharing of data

Data privacy

Data privacy

The Blinding Identity Taxonomy (BIT) provides a standard for removing personally identifiable information (PII) from any dataset

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