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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].

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.

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.

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