Data Innovation

Data-Driven Medicine in the Age of Genomics

December 11, 2014 - 8:15am - 5:45pm
Reserve Officers Association
1 Constitution Avenue Northeast

Since the enactment of the HITECH Act in 2009, taxpayers and the medical industry have collectively invested more than $100 billion in an information technology infrastructure suited to America’s 21st century health needs. These investments hold vast potential for revolutionizing medical science, population health, and cost management. Read more »

How Can Policymakers Help Build the Internet of Things?

December 4, 2014 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
The Knight Studio at the Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

The Internet of Things represents the idea that ordinary objects—from thermostats and shoes to cars and lamp posts—will be embedded with sensors and connected to the Internet. Many of these changes will be subtle and go unnoticed by consumers, but the long-term effect could ultimately have an enormously positive impact on individuals and society. Read more »

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

November 19, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K Street, NW
610 A

Federal, state, and local governments are increasingly leveraging big data to improve the services and applications they offer to citizens and businesses. Read more »

How Bad Data Can Disadvantage the Poor

October 24, 2014
Daniel Castro discussed the growing challenges created by data poverty in an interview with WXXI, the NPR affiliate for Rochester, NY.

Daniel Castro discussed the growing challenges created by data poverty in an interview with WXXI, the NPR affiliate for Rochester, NY.

Big Data is a Powerful Weapon in the Fight for Equality

October 23, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Not only are fears that big data will lead to discrimination in the future likely overblown, but they have clouded the debate. Daniel Castro writes in The Hill that those working to fight discrimination should look to data as a way to further eliminate unjust biases in society, and create a more fair and transparent world.

Manufacturing and Warehousing IT News For VARs

Business Solutions Magazine
Daniel Castro and Mark Doms argue “Smart Manufacturing” can make US businesses more competitive.

Proposed EU Data Protection Regulations Could Impede Medical Research

October 21, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

The EU faces high stakes for improving medical research. But portions of the EU’s proposed General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) would introduce inefficiencies into the process of conducting medical research in all of the EU’s member states and could have widespread consequences.The GDPR stipulates that organizations processing individuals’ personal data must obtain informed consent from those individuals every time they want to use data for a purpose other than that for which it was originally collected. The EU should revise the proposed regulations to provide a means for researchers to obtain consent that covers multiple uses of patient data, including uses after death. 

ITIF Submits Comments to the National Science Foundation Regarding a National Privacy Research Strategy

October 17, 2014
| Testimony and Filings

To ensure the potential benefits of data-driven innovation are attained, the U.S. federal government should support research efforts to address the most pressing privacy and security research questions faced by industry and government. This filing describes five areas—healthcare, transportation, criminal justice, education, and social media—where additional research is needed on how to share data while best preserving privacy.

Are 'Hearables' the Next Big Thing in Fitness?

US News and World Report
Hearables can further enhance collection and utilization of data on health and fitness habits, enhancing wellness and quality of life.
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