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CORAL GABLES (CBSMiami) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke at a conference in South Florida Saturday.
This was part of the Clinton Global Initiative University conference at the University of Miami’s Coral Gables Campus.
Former President Bill Clinton and their daughter, Chelsea Clinton are also in town, hosting the three-day conference.
On Saturday morning, Chelsea Clinton moderated a panel on The power of Big Data and the Internet and how it can be used to tackle global challenges such as natural disasters and disease outbreaks. The panel also focused on the importance of making sure that data remains transparent and reliable while protecting individuals privacy.
“We take for granted, I think, how our lives are so different because of computing. There are 7 billion google searches a day, 2.5 billion youtube video views a day,” said Chelsea Clinton.
During the event, more than a thousand students from around the world along with other innovators are exchanging ideas about the future of energy, the power of big data to address global challenges, and peace-building in the Middle East and North Africa, along with other topics.
Although the conference goal is to bring change, as we head in the 2016 presidential campaign season this conference is also another platform for Hilary Clinton to connect with voters and share her ideas.
On the first day of the event, Bill Clinton confirmed University of Miami President Donna Shalala will be recommended as the President and CEO of the Clinton Foundation.
“You have a pretty fantastic leader in Donna Shalala,” Chelsea Clinton said while introducing the UM leader, who served as the Health and Human Services Secretary during Clinton’s eight-year administration.
Bill Clinton went on to list Shalala’s accomplishments, which include her time as a Peace Corps volunteer and a stint at the Children’s Defense Fund alongside his wife, Hillary.
He said Shalala has the entire family’s support to lead the foundation they created with the purpose of developing partnerships to find solutions to the world’s challenges.
While they are talking about the future, the past is plaguing the Clintons right now, specifically, Hillary Clinton’s old emails from her time as Secretary of State.
Her use of a private email account rather than a government-run address has raised questions about transparency as she heads into a possible presidential run in 2016.
Bill and Chelsea Clinton are expected to participate in a “day of action” in Liberty City Sunday.