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Published on November 9th, 2012 | by Daniel Castro


Friday Roundup (11/09/2012)

No matter where you turn, the media is focused intensely this week on the U.S. election and the data world was no exception.

Of course the big “Big Data” story this week was about how the New York Times statistics wizard Nate Silver accurately predicted the election results in fifty out of fifty states. If you are interested to see how he did it, be sure to read his methodology. (LINK)

And, if you are not already tired of election news, Time has an excellent inside look at the use of data in the Obama campaign. (LINK)

Many organizations will naturally be looking to replicate the Obama team’s success with data in their own operations. Harvard Business Review has an interesting interview with Andrew McAfee, a researcher at MIT Sloan School of Management, on the lessons that the private sector should learn from the campaign’s use of data. (LINK)

Finally, Farzad Mostashari, the national health IT coordinator at HHS, gave an interview with Healthcare IT Now where he describes how this model applies to the health care system. (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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