The American Civil Liberties Union wants the federal government to investigate whether companies are using big data to engage in racial discrimination around online credit marketing—and take action, if they are.
A meeting of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners concluded Oct. 16, resulting in the adoption of several resolutions, including one focused on privacy and big data. During the event, Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill urged privacy representatives from several countries to draft specific solutions to address the discrimination, security and privacy implications of big data.
Training students on how to best use big data has become a major challenge, according to a recent report published by the National Academies Press.
Advanced computing needs are threatening the National Science Foundation's position as a provider of high-powered computing to its researchers, according to a new report.
A new group within the United Nations focused on harnessing data for sustainable development met for the first time during the Sept. 25 and 26 general assembly to review their mandate from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The Independent Expert Advisory Group on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development is tasked with submitting a report to the secretary general by early November with policy recommendations.
Once reserved for scientific studies, big data is now regularly used by corporations to analyze information about consumers-- and privacy experts say these emerging practices raise tough policy questions.
The Food and Drug Administration is building an "innovative technology environment," which relies in part on cloud computing to handle an influx of big data as well as tools to identify, extract and analyze information, the regulatory agency's chief health informatics officer wrote in an agency blog.
As governments and communities become more awash in data from sensors, smartphones, wireless networks and other technologies, there are significant opportunities to harness that information to improve society and its security. But there is also a balancing act with privacy that needs greater examination and discussion, according to a panel of security experts who spoke May 20 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.
Big data presents an enormous opportunity for the Postal Service to improve current capabilities and spin off new services that align with its mission.
The Navy should adopt a cloud-based system to keep pace with the growing demand for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance data that are needed for situational awareness and other mission-critical tasks, said researchers in a new RAND report.