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A "Green Light" for more Data Collection: Examining the White House Big data report [Part 1]

Two reports were released by the White House yesterday on Big Data.  The first was one led by John Podesta (working with former Google/Twitter privacy official Nicole Wong) and the second by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology [PCAST].

White House commended for "Big Data" report, but should have addressed commercial data surveillance complex

The White House should be commended for reviewing issues related to “Big Data,” including acknowledging the discriminatory role this technology can play. However, the report failed to identify the commercial surveillance complex that has been put in place by Google, Facebook, and many other data-driven businesses.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell: NTIA Multistakeholder Group Doesn't Want to Know how Facial Recognition Works/Goog/Fb refuse to discuss

Yesterday's Department of Commerce/NTIA "multistakeholder" meeting to develop privacy "codes of conduct" provided more evidence on why the concept of Internet governance by so-called stakeholders is a oxymoron.  A great deal is at stake here, since the Obama Administration has placed the future of American privacy largely in the hands of this DC lobbyist dominated group.  Europeans also stand to lose here, as the U.S.

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

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