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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.

Remarks By U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker at EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Press Conference

BRUSSELS – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker joined European Union Commissioner Věra Jourová to announce the approval of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. The Framework is a milestone achievement that will provide strong data privacy and facilitate more trade and job creating investments in both the U.S. and Europe.

Secretary Pritzker on International Trade in Goods and Services in May 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker issued the following statement today on the release of the May 2016 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services monthly data. U.S. exports of goods and services decreased slightly to $182.4 billion in May from $182.7 billion in April. New monthly export records were established in Telecommunications, Computer, and Information services -- $3.1 billion – and in Insurance Services -- $1.5 billion. Year-to-date, the trade deficit has improved 3.5 percent or $7.2 billion. The goods trade deficit year-to-date has improved with China (7.3 percent) and the European Union (5.4 percent) during that period.

U.S. Commerce Department Releases New Report on Foreign Direct Investment Trends

Investment in the United States remains strong, total FDI in the United States growing at an average of six percent per year

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce today released a new report that highlights the impact of foreign direct investment (FDI) on the U.S. economy. The Foreign Direct Investment in the United States: Update to 2013 Report examines recent trends in FDI and highlights newly released “greenfield” FDI data from the Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). The report notes that foreign direct investment trends identified in earlier reports have continued to 2015.

U.S. Department of Commerce Releases New Report On Digital Matching Firms

Report provides first-ever government definition of "digital matching firms" and initial assessment of growing sector's size and scope

WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Commerce released a report titled: "Digital Matching Firms: A New Definition in the 'Sharing Economy' Space." The report provides the first-ever government definition of "digital matching firms," which are companies that use Internet and smartphone-enabled apps to match service providers with consumers, help ensure trust and quality assurance via peer-rating services, and rely on flexible service providers who, when necessary, use their own assets. The report provides an initial assessment of the sector's size and scope based on publicly available data of the largest firms in the industry. It also examines the potential effect of what is commonly known as the "sharing economy" on consumers and service providers.


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