White House to co-host workshop at MIT on ‘big data’ and privacy

Academics, representatives of industry, and top government officials to meet at MIT to discuss the role of technology in protecting privacy

February 24, 2014

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Kimberly Allen
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Phone: 617-253-2702
MIT News Office

Moira Vahey
Email: mvahey@ostp.eop.gov
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White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

CAMBRIDGE, MA -- On Monday, March 3, MIT and the White House will co-host “Big Data and Privacy: Advancing the State of the Art in Technology and Practice,” a day-long workshop at MIT’s Wong Auditorium featuring White House Counselor John Podesta, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, MIT President L. Rafael Reif and other leaders from government, academia and industry.

Co-organized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the MIT Big Data Initiative at CSAIL (“bigdata@CSAIL”) and the MIT Information Policy Project, the workshop is the first of three being held over the next several weeks as part of a broad review of ‘big data’ being led by Podesta at the request of U.S. President Barack Obama. The workshop, which will feature panels, a roundtable discussion and keynote speeches by Podesta and Secretary Pritzker, will be simulcast on the event site. Podesta will speak at 9:10 a.m., while Secretary Pritzker will speak at 12:30 p.m.

Additional background

White House blog: Privacy Workshop to Explore "Big Data" Opportunities, Challenges

White House blog: Big Data and the Future of Privacy

MIT News: White House to co-host workshop at MIT on ‘big data’ and privacy


  • John Podesta, White House Counselor
  • The Hon. Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce
  • L. Rafael Reif, MIT President

MIT researchers and faculty, including:

  • Prof. Sam Madden, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and faculty lead for bigdata@CSAIL
  • Daniel Weitzner, Director of CSAIL’s Decentralized Information Group and former U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy in the White House
  • Elizabeth Bruce, Executive Director, bigdata@CSAIL

Monday, March 3
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. US ET

Wong Auditorium (Building E51)
2 Amherst Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Please note that parking in Cambridge is limited so please plan accordingly. Some metered street parking is available and a list of public garages is online at: http://web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation/parking/visitors/public_parking.html.

For press credentials and/or to schedule advanced interviews, please contact Kimberly Allen (allenkc@mit.edu; 617.253.2702). Reporters can also register online here. Details about any potential media availabilities during the event will be shared with credentialed journalists.