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Technology Obama weighs in on Big Data, privacy in Silicon Valley fireside chat

19:30  21 september  2019
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And his administration’s pressure on Silicon Valley companies to aid its cybersecurity efforts hasn’t (In August, for instance, WhatsApp announced that it would begin sharing user data with Facebook, its As Obama 's presidency winds down, Silicon Valley and Washington seem to be getting closer.

The slippery slope of data has never been more crucial, former President Barack Obama warned in a far-ranging fireside chat at a tech conference in San Francisco on Wednesday.

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“We have such an information glut now. So much of it is opinion wrapped up as fact, or selective facts to evoke emotions,” said Obama, who was interviewed by Splunk Inc. (SPLK) CEO Doug Merritt for about an hour.

With a digital fire hose of data, compounded by decisions that require rapid-fire responses from the White House, any person or organization needs a diversity of viewpoints as well as “a process you have confidence in” that properly sifts and sorts data, he said.

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Many Silicon Valley luminaries would suspend their libertarian inclinations and either endorse or In the end, many of Silicon Valley ’s dissatisfactions turned out to be those of the average capitalist. But the administration’s biggest betrayal was of the public. The Obama years saw only meager efforts to

“What I would advise is to not watch TV or read social media,” Obama said in a not-too-subtle dig at President Donald Trump, which prompted laughter and applause.

“We were some of the earliest adapters” of new technological tools and social media during the 2008 campaign, Obama said. “We did a lot of data analysis on deploying volunteers, turning out the vote. I benefited from an entire war room of folks who developed high-level skills from Silicon Valley. We understood the benefit of Big Data, good data. So we thought, how do we infuse that into the federal government?”

“We had a lot of discussion about what health data sets were appropriate to share without violating people’s privacy,” he said. “It is the least efficient system we have but accounts for one-sixth of the economy.”

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Big data, he added, could help minimize waste in the health-care industry, as well as improve everyday headaches like gridlock traffic in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Merritt submitted 20 questions to Obama’s team before the company’s event on data management, though none of them were politically tinged at Obama’s request.

But the elephant in the room — in this case, San Francisco’s 500-seat August Hall — was the inevitable showdown between the federal government and four of tech’s biggest players over how they collect, handle, and monetize personal information. Last week, the House Judiciary Committee demanded email and other documentation from the CEOs of Inc. (AMZN), Apple Inc. (AAPL), Alphabet Inc.’s (GOOGL)(GOOG) Google, and Facebook Inc. (FB)

Obama did not comment directly on the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission’s investigations into those companies, but he touched on the importance of what he calls “good data.”

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While Mr. Obama has said he welcomes the debate about the proper limits on the N.S.A., it is not one he engaged in publicly until the Snowden revelations The pressure to rein them in is coming from industry, which fears that the N.S.A.’s abilities to crack data encryption and bore into foreign computer

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Technology can enhance and hinder personal relationships. “That’s what you in Silicon Valley have to be concerned about,” he said. “Some poll suggested 20% of millennials said they had no friends. How we manage that for our own mental health and democracy is so important.”

Social media, in essence, has helped create bubbles of people sharing like-minded opinions.

The tone wasn’t entirely somber about the dangers of data, decision making, and culture. The former president weighed in on the upcoming NBA season. “I love the (Golden State) Warriors. I know Steph (Curry),” he said. “That is a great example of a place that built a great culture. Don’t worry about how they’ll do (this season). They had a great run.”

The 44th president’s appearance kicked off a busy week for his family in Silicon Valley, where they have cultivated a strong following among tech executives, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to speak off-the-record in appearances next week at Dropbox Inc. (DBX) and Microsoft Corp.’s (MSFT) LinkedIn, both in San Francisco. She’s also set to appear at AT&T Inc.’s Business Summit in Dallas in November.

“I didn’t know that,” a clearly bemused Barack Obama said when informed his wife would be in town next week.

Underscoring the growing influence of technology as an economic, cultural, and fundraising tool, President Trump on Tuesday briefly ducked into the Portola Valley, Calif., home of former Sun Microsystems Inc. CEO Scott McNealy to raise $3 million in a fundraiser luncheon.

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