Alexander Howard

Alexander Howard
Government 2.0 Correspondent, O'Reilly Media

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Alexander B. Howard is the Government 2.0 Correspondent for O’Reilly Media, where he reports on technology, open government and online civics. Before joining O’Reilly, Howard was the associate editor of SearchCompliance.com at TechTarget. His work there focused on how regulations affect IT operations, including issues of data protection, privacy, security and enterprise IT strategy. Before moving the focus of his coverage to cybersecurity, online privacy and compliance, Howard was the associate editor of WhatIs.com, an online IT encyclopedia. In that role, he researched and wrote about nearly every aspect of enterprise IT, including the impact of social software on business and the media. In his spare time, he practiced writing about himself in the third person, with mixed results. Howard’s work experience also includes working in operations for an e-business consultancy, as a knowledge broker for a management consulting firm, as a middle school teacher, as a master home builder and, very briefly, as a garden manager at an outstanding Italian restaurant. Howard graduated from Colby College with a bachelor’s degree in biology and sociology.

Sessions

Office Hour, Exhibit Hall (Office Hours C)
Moderated by:
Jim Adler (inome)
Panelists:
Alexander Howard (O'Reilly Media), Solon Barocas (New York University)
* Various voter micro-targeting efforts * The TomTom in-car navigation * Government's data matching cost-savings initiatives Read more.
Policy & Privacy, Ballroom E
Moderated by:
Alexander Howard (O'Reilly Media)
Panelists:
Jim Adler (inome), Solon Barocas (New York University)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
So much of the privacy discussion is about data access, fear of future dystopia, and the complexities of law. There is a vacuum around how societal norms should be mapped to rapidly growing capabilities of big data, leaving data professionals in a "don’t ask don't tell" privacy conundrum. This conversation will discuss specific use-cases and frameworks to guide data pros. Read more.

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