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Published on November 16th, 2012 | by Daniel Castro


Friday Roundup (11/16/2012)

As leaders in organizations strive to make more data-driven decisions, data visualization tools only continue to rise in importance. A nice post this week from Net Magazine highlights the 20 best tools for creating everything from simple charts to dynamic maps to complex infographics. (LINK)

Videos from Techonomy 2012 are now online this week.  There are some great discussions such as “The End of Offline” with Susan Athey (Harvard University), Douglas Gilstrap (Ericsson), and Robert Hormats (Department of State). (LINK)

Finally, Bradley Voytek has a fascinating post on Uber’s blog about how people move from one neighborhood to another in nine different cities (Boston, Chicago, DC, LA, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle). (LINK)

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

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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