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Report Outlines Potential Improvements in Measuring Value of Data Flows

The Internet has extraordinary power to shrink the world -- to allow people separated by thousands of miles to more easily interact, learn from one another, and trade goods and services. These interactions are possible because of the incredible amounts of data that flows seamlessly across borders.

Measuring the Value of Cross-Border Data Flows

The Internet has transformed how Americans live, work, and play. It has connected people around the world in new ways through data that flows seamlessly across borders. Businesses rely on cross-border data flows to access markets and interact with customers across the globe; find new suppliers; and communicate with their overseas affiliates. Citizens rely on these flows to access a wealth of information from around the world; communicate with family, friends, and colleagues overseas; and gain access to foreign consumer and financial markets. Data users around the globe are exploring new ways to use big data to learn more about the world in which they live.

Hack the Pay Gap

Pay equality “power shifting” with Commerce data

“When women are not paid fairly,” President Obama said, “not only do they suffer, but so do their families.”

We at Commerce are excited to be part of the solution – and to have our work in harnessing our vast troves of data for innovation, job creation and advancing the public good recognized and made real. That’s why I’m so pleased that on July 19, Secretary Pritzker and US Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith hosted “Hack the Pay Gap Demo Day” at the White House showcasing our data access and usability efforts.

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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