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Issuing a Challenge:  Democratizing Information Access via Amazon’s Voice Recognition Service

By Justin Antonipillai - Counselor to Secretary Penny Pritzker, with the Delegated Duties of the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs

Commerce Secretary Prtizker has made 'Open for Business' the Department’s strategy

We have been engaged in a public effort to make our data more consumable for more parts of our country, and to better democratize our data.

To that end, we here at the Department of Commerce are excited to support the development of voice recognition tools such as the Amazon Alexa Skills Kit, which further democratize access and open public data for everyone’s benefit. 

ESA’s Justin Antonipillai to Keynote Wolfram Data Summit

Washington, D.C. – The Commerce Department’s Counselor to Secretary Penny Pritzker, with the Delegated Duties of Under Secretary for Economic Affairs Justin Antonipillai will address the Wolfram Data Summit at the Hyatt Regency Fairfax, Va.  Antonipillai’s speech is entitled “Making Our Data Your Data.”

This is a high-level gathering of innovators in data science, creators of connected devices, and leaders of major data repositories.

ESA’s Justin Antonipillai to Speak at International Association of Privacy Professionals in San Jose, CA

Washington, D.C. – Justin Antonipillai, the Commerce Department’s Counselor to Secretary Penny Pritzker, with the Delegated Duties of Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, will speak at the International Association of Privacy Professionals’(IAPP) San Jose, CA conference entitled, “Privacy. Security. Risk. 2016,” on panel about the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield.

Statement on Income, Poverty and Health Insurance

Statement from Justin Antonipillai, Counselor to the Secretary
Delegated Duties of Under Secretary for Economic Affairs

“Today’s Income, Poverty and Health Insurance data release from the U.S. Census Bureau is good news for the American people.  Household income increased for the first time since 2007, and reductions in the poverty rate are the largest on record since 1990.  These improvements cut across all socioeconomic and demographic groups in every region of the country.  In addition, we saw health insurance coverage improve in every state with the rate of uninsured people decreasing by 1.3 percentage points to a total of 29 million.  There is still work to do, but we are clearly on the right track”

Advancing Data Equality

Department of Commerce seal over skyline of Boston.I lead the Economic and Statistics Administration at the Department of Commerce, I think a lot about the Open Data revolution, and who benefits from it.

I’m actually a lawyer by training, and I started my career working with and fighting for small-to-medium, regional American companies. They made or distributed things from plumbing and auto parts, to construction and medical equipment.

To me, these companies are among the best of American industry. The leaders of these companies were focused on their people and communities. They brought good-paying jobs and opportunities to people and places across the nation that struggle to win in the new global economy. They hoped to grow through innovation, efficiency, sales and exports.

ESA’s Justin Antonipillai to Keynote Boston Big Data Innovation Summit

Washington, D.C. – Justin Antonipillai, the Commerce Department’s head of the Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) will deliver the keynote address at the Big Data Innovation Summit in Boston, MA on Friday, September 9th.  His keynote address is entitled “Using Commerce Data to Drive Government Policy.”

Counselor Antonipillai Urges Digital Sector: Help Us Advance Data Equality

Milky Way from Shenandoah Valley -- photo by Jeff Chen.(NOTE:  Remarks by ESA’s Justin Antonipillai at the San Francisco SHIFT Conference 8/30/16)

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The Commerce Department has a Chief Data Scientist. His name is Jeff Chen.

Jeff is the proverbial digital-data genius. Before Commerce, he was a Presidential Innovation Fellow … the Data Scientist in Residence at Georgetown University … and he developed digital products and services for clients from NASA to the New York City Fire Department. He once helped create something called FireCast, which uses streams of municipal data to predict fires and target inspections.

ESA’s Justin Antonipillai will Discuss America’s Data Agency at San Francisco SHIFT Conference

Washington, D.C. – The Commerce Department’s Counselor to Secretary Penny Pritzker, with the Delegated Duties of Under Secretary for Economic Affairs Justin Antonipillai will address the San Francisco SHIFT data conference with a speech entitled “America’s Data Agency: Creating Jobs & Saving Lives.”

A New Data Joint Adventure

Data: The Innovation Currency of the Digital AgeData, you might say, is the innovation currency of the Digital Age.  Data solutions surround us – like when we’re in the backseat of an Uber browsing LinkedIn while the driver uses Waze for the best route while streaming Pandora on the radio.  Every day innovators are using public and private data to dream up and deliver new customer solutions.  And we’re just at the beginning. 

New Foreign Direct Investment in the United States, 2014 and 2015

Expenditures by foreign direct investors to acquire, establish, or expand U.S. businesses totaled $420.7 billion in 2015, an increase of 68 percent from 2014, when expenditures were $250.6 billion; according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) in statistics released today.

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