In an op-ed for USA Today, Senior Analyst Daniel Castro provides a rebuttal to the editorial board's support of "Do Not Track" legislation. He argues that Do Not Track would disrupt the successful business model which underpins the Internet's success. Rather than undermine this model, he suggests alternative solutions, such as focusing on more transparency and accountability, to better protect consumer privacy.
Benefits and Limitations of Industry Self-Regulation for Online Behavioral Advertising
No Longer A Nameless Face In the Crowd
Daniel Castro examines the implications of Facebook's Tag Suggestions feature, that automates photo tagging using facial recognition. In addition, he discusses the need for companies to establish clear privacy policies around biometric information, i.e. data about human characteristics or behaviors that can be used to uniquely identify an individual.
"The Economists" Ideas Economy: Information Conference
Senior Analyst Daniel Castro will participate in The Economist’s Ideas Economy: Information conference on June 7th and 8th at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. The conference will focus on how decision makers can better leverage the data revolution for individual, corporate and social progress. Daniel Castro will discuss strategies, mechanisms and policies that can help build a robust economy for health care data. He will join other notable senior executives, strategists, innovators and public intellectuals from around the world for this two-day event.
While the era of big data presents incredible opportunities, such as smarter cities, stronger companies and better medicine, it also presents a variety of challenges since storage is scarce, systems are overloaded and many say that governments and businesses know too much. Through a mixture of engaging panel discussions, interactive dialogue, presentations and debates, Ideas Economy: Information will take a fresh look at knowledge management for the information age. The conference will also examine security in the age of big data, managing the human-computer interface, how big data is changing global economics and more.
In addition to the speakers mentioned above, some of the participants already confirmed to take part in the conference include:
John Perry Barlow, Co-founder, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Nicholas Carr, Author, “The Shallows”
David Cush, President and Chief Executive Officer, Virgin America
Jim Goodnight, Chief Executive Officer, SAS
Barney Harford, President and Chief Executive Officer, Orbitz
Auren Hoffman, Chief Executive Officer, RapLeaf
Jules Kroll, Chairman and Co-founder, K2 Global Consulting
Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor, State of California
JP Rangaswami, Chief Scientist, Salesforce.com
Premal Shah, President, Kiva
Werner Vogels, Chief Technology Officer, Amazon.com
Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology Officer, Cisco
Spencer Wells, Explorer in Residence, National Geographic Society
Anne Wojcicki, Co-founder and Chief Excutive Officer, 23andMe
State of the Mobile Net Conference
The State of the Mobile Net is the second of three 2011 State of the Net Conferences, preceded by the January State of the Net - the largest and most influential Internet policy conference hosted by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee. The State of the Mobile Net Conference will feature influential policymakers and policy experts who will debate the looming issues relating to the mobile Internet. Registration is complimentary to all government staff and members of the press.
ITIF Senior Analyst Daniel Castro will participate in this event.