theodp writes: It's widely-acknowledged that analytics were key to President Obama’s 2012 win. Behind Obama's Big Data Victory were quants like Rayid Ghani, the campaign's Chief Scientist, who had been at Accenture Data Labs prior to joining OFA. It was at Accenture, Slate reported, where Ghani developed the expertise that was tapped to persuade voters to reelect President Obama. Interestingly, a USPTO search reveals that some of Ghani's expertise is covered by pending and issued patents assigned to Accenture Global Services Limited in Dublin. Accenture switched its country of incorporation from Bermuda to Ireland amid a crackdown on tax havens by the Obama administration. Hey, maybe that's why the White House is going nuclear on certain patent holders! Ghani, by the way, is now running Data Science for Social Good, a program funded by Google CEO and Obama advisor Eric Schmidt at the University of Chicago, where the President once taught.
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