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Published on August 7th, 2013 | by Daniel Castro


Data Transparency 2013

The Center for Data Innovation will be a special policy partner in the upcoming conference “Data Transparency 2013” to be held on September 10, 2013 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.

The purpose of Data Transparency 2013 is to bring together the public and private sectors—including policymakers, federal managers, and regulators, as well as watchdog groups and tech and finance executives—to devise policy steps to standardize and publish federal data. Government agencies are sitting on a goldmine of information that can be tapped to unleash innovation both inside government and across the U.S. economy. Coming on the heels of President Obama’s Open Data Executive Order and the introduction of the DATA Act and related legislation, Data Transparency 2013 offers an exciting opportunity for federal agencies to explore the benefits of open data and discover new opportunities for leveraging open data initiatives

Participants in the conference will have the opportunity to hear executive and legislative branch leaders discuss ongoing work to open up federal data sets in key domains, including spending, regulation, and management and hear from technology innovators who will be showcasing new search, publication, and analysis tools that would streamline federal processes and illuminate fraud, waste, and abuse. The conference will include appearances by DATA Act sponsors Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), as well as former Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board Chairman Earl Devaney and former U.S. deputy chief technology officer Beth Noveck. A full list of speakers is available on the conference website.

Public and private sector stakeholders who want to help set the open data agenda and identify opportunities to open the federal government’s data portfolio are encouraged to attend.

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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