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Data, Connectivity, and Society

In this track, we explore the ways in which mobile, ubiquitous computing and cheap, real-time analytics are connecting us to one another. The consequences are often surprising unintended consequences—and have important implications for legislators and for society as a whole.
Who should attend: Policy makers and technologists, as well as those who care where a connected, quantified world takes us; what ethical and legal concerns might arise; and what the future could look like.

Track Hosts

Renee DiResta is a Principal at O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV), where she evaluates seed-stage investments. Prior to joining OATV in June of 2011, Renee spent seven as a trader at Jane Street Capital, a quantitative proprietary trading firm in New York City. She is interested in meeting interesting startups, data science, and improving liquidity and transparency in private markets.

Laurel Ruma is the Director of Talent for O'Reilly Media. Most recently she co-chaired Where 2.0, OSCON Java, and Gov 2.0 Expo. She joined the company in 2005 after working for five years at various IT analyst firms in the Boston area. Laurel is also the co-editor of Open Government, published by O'Reilly.

Regent Parlor
Robert Kirkpatrick (UN Global Pulse), Mark Leiter (Nielsen)
A multi-presenter session with representatives from top private-sector companies explaining how, why & what data, tools or data science expertise they have shared for social good. UN Global Pulse Director Robert Kirkpatrick will wrap up with a reflection on how these front-runners can inspire others to share Big Data and how these modalities can be scaled-up. Read more.
Regent Parlor
Adam Wolf (Pulsepod), Kelly Caylor (Princeton University)
Average rating: ***..
(3.80, 5 ratings)
This session summarizes our experiences as environmental scientists developing the hardware and network support to create the Internet of Things as we would wish it to be: to better link models with data. We describe the opportunities we envision and challenges we have faced in applying the hardware and propagating the data to a variety of model-intensive applications. Read more.
Regent Parlor
Ron Bodkin (Google)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 3 ratings)
Products of all kinds now include embedded software and sensors and are connected to the Internet. Their vendors can innovate with new analytic offerings, improve customer experience and improve service. This session looks at the business models emerging across industries, important data sets and emerging standards, the role of Big Data technologies, impediments to adoption and future directions Read more.
Regent Parlor
Justin Makeig (MarkLogic)
Average rating: *....
(1.00, 4 ratings)
Securely and cost-effectively managing petabytes of data from siloed systems is both a threat and opportunity for banking, healthcare, and other organizations in highly regulated industries. Drawn from production projects, this session will examine best practices around the use of Hadoop as part of a regulated data environment, including retention, provenance, privacy, and security. Read more.
Murray Hill Suite
Amy Gaskins (Panopticon)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 6 ratings)
The Army's Every Soldier is a Sensor (ES2) concept is entrenched in the belief that all soldiers, no matter their rank or specialty, can provide useful information on the battlefield. While deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, the 43d Sustainment Brigade put ES2 to the test: training soldiers to obtain critical information about corruption and using it to figure out where our money actually goes. Read more.
Regent Parlor
James Stewart (, James Abley (Government Digital Service)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
The UK Government team behind the GOV.UK website talk about their work on the Performance Platform, a suite of services and a cultural shift taking people away from immensely detailed value stream maps about a call-centre and paper process (which might be an inherently 5-day long journey), to something that's digital, lightweight, fast and pleasant to use. Read more.
Murray Hill Suite
Moderated by:
Jim Stogdill (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
Mona Vernon (Thomson Reuters Labs), Trevor Hughes (International Association of Privacy Professionals), Randy Smerik (Osunatech, Inc.), Lisa Green (Domino Data Lab)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
The Strata Great Debates return to New York with a discussion of the merits and drawbacks of what are rapidly becoming our prosthetic brains. In a vigorous Oxford Style debate, two teams try to convince the audience that they're right. We take score before and after their arguments, and declare a winner. Join us and help us decide whether a connected world is indeed a better one. Read more.
Gramercy Suite A
Lyndon Estes (Princeton University)
Knowing where farming occurs and where it will expand is crucial for understanding food security and our changing environment. However, the satellite-based maps we currently rely on are often inaccurate, particularly in Africa. Our project is harnessing open source software, big data, and crowdsourcing to create better crop field maps for Africa. Read more.
Gramercy Suite A
Amie Elcan (CenturyLink)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
As use of the Internet evolves, the data collected about Internet traffic must evolve in parallel to ensure the performance of applications and to keep access affordable. The ability to characterize how the Internet is being used is essential to the telecom industry. Case studies using R and Python Pandas will be presented to demonstrate the power of analytics to answer strategic questions. Read more.


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