The White House has a plan to help society through data analysis

The President of the United States has always had tools at his disposal when it comes to helping out American citizens—things like executive orders, veto power and possibly the world’s largest soapbox. You can add data to that list, because in February President Obama added the position of deputy CTO for data policy chief data scientist to his cabinet, in order to help the White House better understand how it can protect citizens’ data but also how that data can help save their lives. The first person to hold that post is DJ Patil, one of the early leading voices in the world of data science, which is focused on new ways of collecting and analyzing the trail of data (often digital) that follows us everywhere. And on Wednesday at…


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