Public sector organizations are still in the early days of big data adoption, finds a study by an Arizona State University academic. Public agencies have yet to fully embrace the concept of big data, and that its technical implication can be overwhelming to them. "Isn't that a critical element of big data? If so, then we are not doing anything in the big data space as we have not touched unstructured data. All of our data has some structure, and most of it is highly structured," one CIO said.
A Commerce Department official say it's rethinking its data infrastructure with an eye to making data seamlessly consumable internally and externally across the many industry sectors encompassed by its bureaus. "Rather than a federated approach to data, the one thing that we're learning is that data has to be done at scale. The real power of data comes from integrating it," said Patrick Gallagher, acting commerce deputy secretary. He spoke Jan. 31 during a meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
White House special advisor John Podesta announced Jan. 23 that President Obama appointed him as head of a review to examine the policy and privacy implications of big data. "We expect to...
A changing set of counter-nuclear proliferation problems requires a paradigm shift in monitoring that should include big data analytics and crowdsourcing, says a report from the Defense Science Board. For the first time since the onset of the nuclear era, America must be equally concerned with an increase of nuclear capabilities in existing nuclear states and an increase in the number of states and non-state actors possessing, or attempting to possess, nuclear weapons, the report says.
The Commerce Department is developing a centralized cybersecurity center to provide an additional layer of oversight and synthesis, said Rod Turk, departmental chief information security officer, while speaking Jan. 14 during a conference panel.
The Federal Aviation Administration still has work ahead of it before it can turn a database of aviation safety data into an tool capable of making predictive analytics, says the Transportation Department office of inspector general.
The Internet of Things--a state in the not distant future when hundreds of billions of devices now disconnected from computer networks will routinely transmit data across the web--will require a new privacy paradigm, says the Future of Privacy Forum. A notice and choice paradigm will be unrealistic under those conditions, says the white paper.
The White House announced Nov. 12 new commitments that add to its list of projects supported by the Obama Administration's $200 million big data initiative, which it launched in March 2012. Among the new collaborations is a partnership with big pharma manufacturers to help enhance clinicaltrials.gov and a partnership with Amazon Web Services to publicly host NASA Earth-observing data.
The advent of big data leaves federal policymakers with at least two opposite ways to ensure privacy--limit data collection, or allow agencies to store everything and later limit and audit database searches, as the NSA has done with telephony metadata. That second option "will fundamentally change the relationship we have with the state. It means the state will be in a better control position, because it has all this data on our activities," said Greg Nojeim of the Center for Democracy and Technology.
A European Parliament committee approved earlier this week a data protection measure that would restrict the transfer of individuals' data for law enforcement or intelligence purposes outside of the European Union.