One needs only to look through YouTube, the best example of what came to be called Web 2.0 (Meikle, 2016, p. 14), to find several TED talks on spatial data and mapping. Today, I would like to share the following 2015 speech of Chris Grundy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine about ‘opportunistic data collection’ in the field of public health.
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talks are up to eighteen-minute Internet-streamed presentations in which speakers address important topics from any discipline with the aim of “spreading ideas” (TED, 2017).
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Mariéme Jamme is a Tech entrepreneur, activist and co-founder of Africa Gathering, a global platform bringing together entrepreneurs and others to share ideas about development in Africa.
In 2012 Southbank Centre launched Africa Utopia, a festival dedicated to bringing art, ideas and discussions on African politics, technology, education and trade from Africa and the African diaspora to audiences in the UK.
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On the last day of the first Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development, which took place in Bonn, one of the main topics to be tackled was: Disruptors to Development: Utilising the Latest Technology to Transform Safety Nets and Social Protection.
Disruptive technologies can be used to achieve social change. One of the main reasons for that is the ability that we have to capture and analyze data. In many occasions though, this “power” can be proved to be a double edged sword. As mentioned during the discussion: “technology is a knife, you can use that to cook or to kill people“.
Continue reading #GFI4SD – Post 3: Can the Latest Technology Be Utilised to Transform Safety Nets and Social Protection, and how?
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Social media has revolutionized over the past years, and the rate at which it influences humanity is boundless (Karakas, 2009). Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms have been influential in creating a global village. With data a core aspect of social networking in an age of uncertainty, everyone can access and express their opinions on any platform and can instantly connect with thousands if not millions of people. The comfort zone, we all seek to have in our daily lives is spoon fed to us so that we get blinded by the negativity associated with the internet (Matthews, 2010).
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Open Data Day is an annual celebration of open data all over the world. For the seventh time in history, groups from around the world will create local events on the day where they will use open data in their communities. It is an opportunity to show the benefits of open data and encourage the adoption of open data policies in government, business and civil society.
The focus this year will be on four key areas that we believe open data can solve:
- Open research data
- Tracking public money flows
- Open data for environment
- Open data for human rights
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