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The White House Big Data report: 10 Issues, actions or recommendations that should be in the report out this week

The White House will release its report on "Big Data" this week.  While it will no doubt include laudatory language on the positive potential of Big-Data to help achieve a more just and healthier society and robust economy, it will raise concerns about the negative consequences of the system now in place.  Here are at least 10 recommendations or actions we believe should appear in report:
 
The online data industry has created a commercial surveillance state.
 

Wheeler's Plan at FCC to Kill Net Neutrality for Digital Highway Must be Opposed/role as cable lobbyist should be issue

It's not a surprise that FCC Chair Tom Wheeler would craft a pro-industry scheme on the Internet's future.  Tom Wheeler is a former cable TV lobbyist, where he led efforts to help that industry kill-off key public interest policies (and helped create the media monopoly in cable

Oscar Gandy--communications scholar, known in part for his prescient "The Panoptic Sort," joins CDD board

CDD is honored to have Professor Oscar Gandy on its board.  Prof.

How General Mills lures consumers online: its "you can't sue us" a digital bait and switch/uses Big Data targeting [updated]

General Mills has changed a policy to say, according to the New York Times, so consumers now "give up their right to sue the company if they download coupons, “join” it in online communities like Faceboo

IAB's new data targeting in real-time committee, with Google as a leader. See brand-targeting focus

The Interactive Advertising Bureau has created a new committee--called the "Programmatic Council."  It's designed to help companies further advance the real-time tracking, targeting and data-enabled buying of individuals that is commonplace today.  Across the Internet--on PCs, mobile devices, and even soon TV's--a user (or the "inventory" as the industry calls people) are sold via real-time auctions or thru direct sales.  That's because, as is often said, "Math Men a

How the Guardian uses “Big Data” to help its advertisers target users/News orgs should be in forefront addressing privacy online

The U.K-based Guardian is one of the world’s best news organizations—from reporting on the NSA and related government spying revelations or singlehandedly exposing the shadowy world of phone “hacking” connected to Rupert Murdoch and others—they stand out as courageous.  Perhaps more than any other news outlet, they have helped ma

CDD joins NGOs calling on White House "Big Data" report to support safeguards, inc. oversight, accountability and control

This letter signed by leading NGOs was sent to the White House's BIg Data review.  Excerpt and letter is attached:

Unsafe Harbor: The Unchecked Growth of U.S. Digital Data Collection Practices, Limits to US Regulatory Oversight on Privacy-TTIP

This presentation was delivered today by Jeff Chester at the European Commission's stakeholder meetings in Brussels.

 

Summary of key points:
 

White House Announces Big Data Public Comment Period in Response to Request from NGOs, inc. CDD

We are pleased that the Administration has agreed to the request made on 10 February that its current 90-day "Big Data" review include a public comment dimension.  The White House announcement is attached.  We expect the NGO community to provide the White House review with important information and analysis on actu

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