2013 State of the Net Conference

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Tuesday, January 22 2013
11:30 AM Plumbing the Policy Implications of Data Analytics and Defining "Big Data," The Year's Most Overused Term


- Becky Burr, Chief Privacy Officer, Neustar [Bio]
- Brian Eoff, Data Scientist, bit.ly [Bio]
- Erik Jones, Deputy General Counsel, Senate Commerce Committee [Bio]
- Paul Ohm, Senior Privacy Officer, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) [Bio]
- Nancy Scola, Journalist [Bio] - Moderator

The term "Big Data" is a relatively new term in Washington policy circles despite the fact that it's been used in the marketplace for years to represent various flavors of data analytics techniques. Now that policymakers are beginning to use the term to describe all sorts of data practices the Congressional Internet Caucus Advsiory Committee agreed to devote some time to clarifying the term and to highlight some important policy implications of data analytics. Indeed, important things are happening in the field of data driven analytics that policymakers should understand better. It's part of the new data driven economy where astounding new insights into the human condition are gleaned by analyzing diverse sets of data (sets include ecommerce transaction, social networks, RFID sensors, genomics, health records, government records - you name it.). These insights reportedly can identify flu outbreaks, forecast unemployment numbers, and even win presidential elections, among other things. These insights are so profound that our panel will discuss whether to nominate Big Data as TIME's Person of the Year in 2013. The panel will also highlight where the data driven economy intersects information policy challenges (e.g privacy, security)

* Subject to change. More panels and keynotes may be added. Contact Eric Hinkes for more information.

This is a widely attended event hosted by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (ICAC), part of a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. The ICAC is a private sector organization comprised of public interest groups, trade associations, non-profits, and industry leaders. The diversity of ICAC membership ensures that all educational events and initiatives are fair and balanced forums for Internet-related discussion. The ICAC does not promote any particular policy position.