The Public Policy Implications of “Big Data”

March 31, 2014

In comments to the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Center for Data Innovation, an affiliate research center of ITIF, argued the potential benefits of data for the economy and society are clear. However, the opportunities from data will not be realized unless policymakers create the necessary conditions for data-driven innovation to flourish. Unfortunately, most of the policy debate in Washington has been on how to minimize potential harms from data, especially around privacy, rather than on how to enable more and better uses of data innovation.