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Oct 16

Big data opportunities (taken with a pinch of salt)

As Julia points out in her recent post, big data presents fantastic opportunities for the Development field – especially when combined with the new frontier of medicine. The vision of big data as ‘our saviour’ is coherent with the warning by Spratt and Baker, according to whom “those who argue for the benefits of big data often adopt an evangelical tone, while opponents tend to stress the dystopian nature of a big data future” (2016, p.5).

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Oct 16

Big Data vs. Liberalism

In a recent article called Does Trump’s Rise Mean Liberalism’s End?” in The New Yorker, Yuval Noah Harari claims that in the wake of the collapsing “Liberal Story”, no new story has taken its place and as a consequence we get Donald Trump. This happens due to the disillusion among Americans after having believed in the promises and assurances presented in the liberal dream which claims that “if we only liberalize and globalize our political and economic systems, we will produce paradise on earth, or at least peace and prosperity for all. According to this story (…) humankind is inevitably marching toward a global society of free markets and democratic politics.

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