Big Data: Silver Bullet, 21st Century oil, or just a plain old thermometer? Part II

Part II So what does a post-truth world mean when it comes to Big Data for Development? Does it mean that facts no longer matter? Or that indicators such as Gross National Product, or economic growth rates, the foundations of tracking development progress, may no longer be relevant?

Big Data: Silver Bullet, 21st Century oil, or just a plain old thermometer?

Part 1 Development has seen a number of “silver bullets” since the middle of the last century and it’s tempting to place Big Data as the latest and greatest solution to the development question. But as competing silver bullets ricochet through workshops and high-level panel discussions in the develo-sphere, in …

Big Data and Development: Revolution or Evolution?

Part II The useful historical perspectives cited in my previous post, in some way hark back to Hayek’s 1945 article, The Use of Knowledge in Society in which the battle lines were drawn between data-driven top-down development and participatory bottom-up self-empowerment. Analysing this article Easterly in The Tyranny of Experts …

Social Media vs. Free Speech

journalism and sharing information enters a new path with Social Media, a realm that’s not entirely empty of challenges. Sharing information fast, reaching, engaging and interacting with audiences online has become increasingly essential to spread news.