About Me

Welcome to XMLgrrl.com! I’m your host, Eve Maler. On my personal blog, Pushing String, you’ll find commentary on digital identity, data portability, meaningful privacy, online trust, and assorted other topics.

You can reach me at eve-at-xmlgrrl.com, emaler-at-forgerock.com, and @xmlgrrl. Additional online homes are linked from the Welcome section in the right sidebar.

One way to get to know me is through the nicknames I’ve collected. I’ve had the pleasure of working on a crazy quilt of technologies, protocols, policies, and methodologies over the years, and various monikers related to them have stuck. The first was XMLgrrl, reflecting my part in the creation of the Extensible Markup Language (XML). The next was the SAML Lady, bestowed by a colleague based in Japan on the occasion of a trip to Tokyo to teach the Security Assertion Markup Language, the federated identity standard. More recently I became chief UMAnitarian, working on the User-Managed Access protocol and associated adoption.

Yes, that’s a cartoon, though based on a real photo of my head from, oh, 1998 or so. In the pre-blog era, I wrote a Web column on XML — sort of “advice for the parse-lorn”.

On July 14, 2014, I joined ForgeRock. Following is an extended version of my work bio:

Eve Maler is a renowned strategist, innovator, and communicator on digital identity, access, security, and privacy, with particular focus on creating successful wide-scale ecosystems and fostering individual empowerment. As VP Innovation & Emerging Technology in ForgeRock’s office of the CTO, Eve drives Identity Relationship Management innovation for ForgeRock’s Open Identity Stack; she also directs ForgeRock involvement in related industry standards, particularly for access control and privacy, to which end she leads the User-Managed Access (UMA) standards effort.

Eve was formerly a principal analyst at Forrester Research, advising clients on emerging identity and security solutions, consumer-facing identity, distributed authorization, privacy enhancement, and API security. Previously Eve was an identity solutions architect with PayPal and earlier a technology director at Sun Microsystems, where she co-founded and made major contributions to the SAML federated identity standard. In a previous life she co-invented XML.

Eve co-authored Developing SGML DTDs: From Text to Model to Markup, a book that provided a unique methodology for information analysis and SGML schema design. Eve’s blog, Pushing String at xmlgrrl.com, touches on topics both technical and whimsical.

Some of Eve’s other interests are singing barbershop and bluesy-funky rock ‘n’ roll.

Some alter egos for portions of my blog are VennOfIdentity.org (corresponding to the “Venn” category) and carbgrrl.com (corresponding to the “carbgrrl” category).

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