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FCC’s Tony Summerlin Cautions Against Improper Data Use

big dataTony Summerlin, acting chief data officer and senior strategic adviser at the Federal Communications Commission, has cautioned against the improper use of big data, Fierce Government IT reported Thursday.

Summerlin told participants of this week’s ATARC Federal Big Data Summit that agencies must avoid launching data-related projects without a thorough review, Molly Bernhart Walker reports.

“Unfortunately I find a lot of the data is just for fun,” he said.

“We have kind of an issue with data crunching just for data and some of the analytics are just ludicrous.”

Summerlin’s remarks come on the heels of another event, the Brocade Federal Forum, where several government information technology officials highlighted the benefits they see from using big data, according to the report.

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