Published on November 19th, 2014 | by Daniel Castro

How Big Data is Driving the Next Wave of E-Government Innovation

Federal, state, and local governments are increasingly leveraging big data to improve the services and applications they offer to citizens and businesses. These changes are happening both in the back office, where new record management systems are capturing massive amounts of structured and unstructured data that help agencies manage their operations, and the front office, where citizen-services portals are creating personalized interfaces to government and e-filing systems are improving the quality of government data. Ultimately, big data has the potential to make government agencies faster, smarter, and more efficient, but only if government leaders invest in these technologies.

Join the Center for Data Innovation for a conversation about how government agencies have begun to put data to work and how these new technologies will impact government service delivery in the coming years.

Date and Time:

  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT


  • 1101 K Street NW, Suite 610A, Washington, DC 20005


  • Daniel Castro, Director, Center for Data Innovation
  • Ariel Gold, Program Manager, Global Public Sector, Amazon
  • Taha Kass-Hout, Chief Health Informatics Officer, FDA
  • Eric Knutson, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Sitecore
  • Peter Schmidt, Senior Director, Oracle
  • Dean Silverman, Senior Advisor to the Commissioner, Office of Compliance Analytics, IRS

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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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