Business and Data Leaders Speak!

December 19, 2014

This article was published in Business Horizon Quarterly, Issue #12.

A PDF of the article is available here.


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation posed this question to 11 leaders in the business and data space:

"What policy recommendation would you make to enhance the future of data-driven innovation?”

Here are their responses.


“Don’t assume the worst. In many cases, the motivation for data collection is pure and the desire to protect privacy is strong. For Toyota, the collection and use of data will help us prevent crashes and reduce traffic fatalities. We are committed to doing this in a way that preserves consumer privacy."

-Hilary M. Cain,  Director, Technology and Innovation Policy Toyota Motor North America, Inc.



“We need to achieve the true public-private sector partnership needed to secure cyberspace. Without such collaboration, society can’t hope to protect the flow and integrity of digital data, depriving mankind of thelife-improving insight and innovation that the bountiful resource of reliable Big Data can yield.”

-John Raidt, Scholar, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation




“To fully realize the potential of data-driven innovation, a combination of the right policies and the right methods are required. Current methods are as dated and clunky as the policies that govern them. Committing to the Lean methodology and related Agile model of development are critical evolutions.”

- Leslie Bradshaw, Managing Partner, Made by Many



“A policy that establishes a central agency to coordinate data efforts across government. There must also be a requirement for agencies to share their data with the central data agencywhilefollowing appropriate security and privacy requirements.”

- Paul Baltzell, Chief Information Officer, State of Indiana




“Policymakers should encourage ‘serendipitous’ data innovation—the kind of unexpected discoveries that lead to useful new services for consumers. The best way to do that is focus law and policy on prohibiting companies from using data to clearly and directly harm consumers.”

- Adam Kovacevich, Director, U.S. Public Policy Google




“Data-driven innovation requires responsible corporate and public policies that encourage data depth by promoting access, sharing, and linking of seemingly unrelated data resources in order to stimulate the process of creative discovery, which benefits consumers, firms, and promotes the social good.”

-Dr. Matthew Harding, Assistant Professor Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University



“We must reform our laws around government access to digital communications. People lose trust in data-driven services if they’re worried that the NSA or FBI can snoop through their information with impunity. Our nation was founded on the principle that government surveillance must adhere to a due process; our laws and practices don’t reflect that today.”

- Nuala O’Connor,  President & CEO, Center for Democracy and Technology



“Train senior leaders to understand how data drives innovation in their organization—and how it impacts their success and legacy. Communicate that data-streams need some investment to be user friendly. Provide leaders with a great “next step”—something they can embrace and advance.”

- Mark Ritchie, Secretary of State, State of Minnesota



“For the United States to lead globally in data sciences, we must, as we have through history, offer the opportunity to all our graduates both U.S. and foreign-born to work here and to contribute to our society and economy.”

- Dr. Gerry McCartney, System CIO, Vice President for Information Technology, and Olga Oesterle England Professor of Information Technology, Purdue University




“Data-driven innovation is creating great market and societal opportunities, and with it, security and privacy concerns. Modernizing policies—most of which were developed in another era—to address these risks will instill customer confidence that their data is secured and used in ways that ensure privacy.”

- Cheri F. McGuire Vice President, Global Government Affairs & Cybersecurity Policy, Symantec Corporation




“Crisp differentiation between transparency and open data policies, and standards for their implementation by states. Policy should create and govern open analytics standards where raw data cannot be made public.”

- Anudeep Parhar, Chief Technology Officer,  Bloom Health