U.S. White House Reports on Big Data: Acknowledging the ‘New Normal’


Heather Egan Sussman and Jennifer Geetter wrote this bylined article assessing two Obama Administration reports on the public policy implications of the proliferation of big data. The authors called the reports “significant milestones in U.S. digital history,” which they contended will “make the case that we should acknowledge this ‘new normal’ and focus on envisioning policy initiatives and legal frameworks that foster innovation, promote the exchange of information and support public policy goals, while at the same time limiting harm to individuals and society.”