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Published on March 22nd, 2013 | by Daniel Castro


Friday Roundup (03/22/2013)

This week Ira “Gus” Hunt, the CIA’s chief technology officer, spoke about the importance of leveraging data for the Agency’s mission at the GigaOM’s Structure:Data conference. He noted that, “the value of any piece of information is only known when you can connect it with something else that arrives at a future point in time. Since you can’t connect dots you don’t have, it drives us into a mode of, we fundamentally try to collect everything and hang on to it forever.”

In health care, the Wall Street Journal reports that UC San Francisco is planning a major study on preventing and managing heart diseases using real-time data (rather than in-person clinical data) collected about volunteers using their smartphones, social media data, and special sensors. Individuals interested in participating can sign-up on the project website.

The Institute for Health Technology Transformation released a report “Transforming Health Care Through Big Data” which outlines opportunities for using data in health care, current challenges, and recommendations for how to better benefit from the use of data.

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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