This week on Hadooponomics, we have on the show Evan Swarztrauber, Communications Director at TechFreedom, a Washington D.C. think tank for tech advocacy, and host of the Tech Policy Podcast. With Evan’s background in tech policy, we dive into the intersection of data, policy, and the public good in this episode, to explore how technology, government, and individual liberty can co-exist in the age of Big Data.
We begin by juxtaposing the government side of Big Data with the commercial side, and exploring why each may have different outcomes for and rationale behind Big Data collection. In the U.S., we largely see these two Big Data buckets as distinct, though in reality there are privacy and security implications for Big Data collection regardless of whether it is driven by a commercial relationship (like with Google), or a surveillance relationship (like with the government).
As we saw with the Dyn DDoS attack, in which consumer devices connected to the Internet were targeted, unregulated technologies can pose security concerns even when users “consent” to share data with the device or business. With government leaks, such as from Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks, there is now an incentive to secure data and products not just from commercial entities but also from the government.
The potential of Big Data and Big Tech is exciting and the possibilities seemingly endless. But with emerging technologies like autonomous vehicles, there is a balancing act between supporting potentially life-changing innovations, and providing the policy regulation to ensure the technology is explored and developed with security, privacy, and consumer protection in mind. We discuss how we can balance these concerns while accommodating varied stakeholder interests including from Big Data practitioners, commercial entities, governments, and citizens, on a global scale.
For those of you keeping track at home, this is the final episode of Season 3 of the Hadooponomics Podcast. It has been a pleasure sharing these stories with you this season and exploring the wide reach of Big Data across industries and across the globe. Be sure to check back here for updates on Season 4 and I thank you for being a part of this great season!
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