I’m Phil Wolff. You can read more about me on my bio page and LinkedIn profile. Technologist, business strategist, with a civic hacking streak. 

This blog is my spot for jotting public notes about the City of Oakland s Domain Awareness Center Ad Hoc Advisory Privacy and Data Retention Committee, tasked with recommending a privacy policy for Oakland’s DAC to the City Council. I was named to the committee in May 2014 by Councilmember Dan Kalb.

Some of my credentials for the committee: 

  • Director of the DataPortability Project, setting public expectations that people should have the ability to take their data with them from site to site. Our model language is now common in privacy policies.
  • Strategy Director, Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium, an NGO supporting small businesses that build personal control over personal data into consumer, healthcare, and business apps.
  • Oakland Privacy Working Group policy author, drafting user-centric policy language for consideration by the City of Oakland.
  • OpenOakland Product Manager, supporting open data and civic hacking for public participation and engagement. 
  • Internet Identity Workshop community member, the informal technology organization that gave rise to the modern identity systems used by Google, Facebook, Mozilla, and WordPress.
I’ve been a civil servant for the City of Long Beach, the State of California, and the U.S. Navy Supply Systems Command. I’ve had management, technology, and marketing roles at Adecco SA, LSI Logic, Bechtel National, Wang Laboratories, Compaq Computer, and small startups. 
My experience led me to a few observations. 
  • Personal control of personal data is more vital in an Internet of Everything world for a good life, a healthy society, a strong economy, a living democracy. 
  • People have less control of how society defines them, and it’s getting worse.
  • Government’s role in redressing imbalances of power is often untapped.