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Published on August 3rd, 2012 | by Daniel Castro


Friday Roundup (8/3/2012)

Alistair Croll on O’Reilly Radar makes the argument that “Big data is our generation’s civil rights issue” and shows the fine line between personalization and discrimination. (LINK)

The Government Accountability Office presented testimony calling for updates to federal law to address privacy issues around data mining. In particular, some agencies believe that the Privacy Act does not apply to systems that do not retrieve personal information using a unique identifier. (LINK)

On the security front, CIO describes how some universities, like many enterprises, are using data analytics to improve both physical and virtual security. (LINK)

The Information Security Forum released a report this week that found half of the organizations  are using data analytics to detect security threats. (LINK)

In “Talk to Me, One Machine Said to the Other,” the New York Times describes the growing amount of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and its implications for mobile networks. (LINK)

Data innovation is not possible without fast networks. How much does these networks cost? Community Broadband News offers  a look at the economics behind Google’s gigabit broadband offering in Kansas City. (LINK)

Finally, if you need a Big Data infographic the WikiBon blog put together “The Big List of Big Data Infographics.” (LINK)

Image credit: Flickr user mike appel

About the Author

Daniel Castro is the director of the Center for Data Innovation and vice president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Mr. Castro writes and speaks on a variety of issues related to information technology and internet policy, including data, privacy, security, intellectual property, internet governance, e-government, and accessibility for people with disabilities. His work has been quoted and cited in numerous media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, USA Today, Bloomberg News, and Businessweek. In 2013, Mr. Castro was named to FedScoop’s list of “Top 25 most influential people under 40 in government and tech.” In 2015, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Mr. Castro to the Commerce Data Advisory Council.Mr. Castro previously worked as an IT analyst at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) where he audited IT security and management controls at various government agencies. He contributed to GAO reports on the state of information security at a variety of federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). In addition, Mr. Castro was a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he developed virtual training simulations to provide clients with hands-on training of the latest information security tools. He has a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an M.S. in Information Security Technology and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

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