Big Data, Social Media and Development

 

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 In the following posts we’ll be looking at the explosion of social media in the Global South and what implications this has for social change, economic growth and the relationship between “developing” nations and the “West."  What are the opportunities and pitfalls of Big Data in relation to development practice and theory and will it turn the digital breadcrumbs of the Global South into digital dividends? In a fast-changing area, this blog will try to keep abreast of some of latest thinking and its application to communications for development.

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Big Data & Development

Big Data: Lessons from Google Flu
Big Data: Lessons from Google Flu
“Big data is the latest casualty of overcooked promises made in pursuit of a good story.” This is the claim made by Nick Heath in...
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Big Data: Get on Board or Get Left Behind
Big Data: Get on Board or Get Left Behind
Big Data startups in the West received $6.64B in venture capital investment in 2015, 11% of total tech VC. To put that in perspective, it...
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Big Data 4 Gender
Big Data 4 Gender
A criticism of Big Data for development is that the data is not representative and therefore can effectively disregard the already marginalised. The recognition that...
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Big Data: Silver Bullet, 21st Century oil, or just a plain old thermometer? Part II
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?...
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Big Data: Silver Bullet, 21st Century oil, or just a plain old thermometer?
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...
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Big Data and Development: Revolution or Evolution?
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...
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Social Media & Development

The War On Trolls
The War On Trolls
  Everyone has experienced them sometime, random antagonizers who divert away from the main subjects in conversation on online platforms or article comment-sections with an...
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Social Media & Women Empowerment
Social Media & Women Empowerment
In the wake of the Social Media Revolution, social user growth is expanding fast in emerging markets such as Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa. In...
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Social Media vs. Free Speech
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...
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Social Media and Development: An Introduction Part 2
Social Media and Development: An Introduction Part 2
On the 6th March 2016, strongman Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia for three decades, posted a thanks on his Facebook page for reaching 3m...
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Social Media and Development: an introduction Part 1
Social Media and Development: an introduction Part 1
On July 1st 2016, Louise Linton wrote an article for the UK’s Daily Telegraph entitled, “How my dream gap year in Africa turned into a...
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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.