Top news for July 1, 2014.
Another related White House report was issued on the same day as Podesta's report. This report is from the Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. While I have the utmost respect for the esteemed Council, I cannot agree totally with their conclusions regarding privacy protections in the collection of data.
A White House report issued this month is recommending that President Barack Obama push Congress to pass a number of pieces of legislation to strengthen privacy protections in an era of big data.
While White House counselor John Podesta didn't reveal details in an interview with the Associated Press ahead of giving the report to President Obama next week, he did make reference to discrimination concerns found in the review. Most believe Podesta is referring to housing and employment discrimination but it is likely that it may also address pricing, health, credit and other forms of discrimination.
Last week UC Berkeley held a daylong workshop on "Big Data: Values and Governance." It was yet one more example of how discussions pertaining to big data use and related privacy issues are increasingly being held publicly rather than behind closed doors. And this is as it should be.
John Podesta, Counselor to the President, wrote a blog post on WhiteHouse.gov asking for input from the public on big data and privacy issues.
Quick rundown on the latest mobile IT stories for Friday, 3/21 including: the hot demand for VoLTE services by carriers, tests for Android phone use in the traditionally pro-BlackBerry White House has begun, why mobile paid search bargains is ending, BlackBerry's plan to sell more than 3 million square feet of real estate in Canada and the use of iBeacons to offer ticket upgrades to sports fans in the nosebleed section.
While some people will undoubtedly see this focus on the private sector as scope creep or an evasion of the government surveillance issue, I would respectfully disagree. Much of the data the U.S. government collects is from private companies, with or without their knowledge.
Apparently President Obama's call for a review of privacy issues was not just sound byte fodder for cable news as the effort is underway on several fronts. On March 3, the White House and MIT will cohost a day long workshop to address and explore the issues.
The White House announced via a blog post last week by John Podesta, a Counselor to the President, its intent to study big data and the future of privacy. In that post, Podesta outlines what the public and industry should expect from the project. However, there are a few things that those in the big data industry want the White House to know before they get started with the study.