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Published on September 1st, 2012 | by Daniel Castro


Friday Roundup (8/31/2012)

How are state governments handling the data innovation revolution? This is the question NASCIO asks in a new report, “Is Big Data a Big Deal for State Governments” (LINK)

Time continues its coverage of “The Future of Retailing” with an article on how in-store data analytics is creating new shopping experiences. (LINK)

The Cloud Security Alliance has announced the launch of a Big Data Working Group to investigate best practices and standards for security and privacy of big data. (LINK)

For a somewhat contrarian view on data, health care consultants David Kibbe and Vince Kuraitis, argue that instead of launching ambitious “big” data projects in health care, providers should be focusing now on better using “small” data that they already have. (LINK)

IBM is bringing data analytics to the US Open Tennis tournament by, for example, using historical and real-time data to predict what a player must do to beat their opponent in a specific match. IBM will also be analyzing social media data to learn which players are the fan favorites. (LINK)

See an interesting “Big Data” story? Email Daniel Castro (dcastro@itif.org).

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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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