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 likes. “I would like to thank my national compatriots and youths in the country and overseas who support my Facebook page, which has received 3 million …

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 nightmare” based on her book In Congo’s Shadow. The online backlash to the “white saviour complex” implicit in the account was swift, acrimonious and global, drawing …

Big Data, Social Media and Development – an introduction

Big Data, Social Media and Development: three big areas which this blog will explore, question and unpack. 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 the hell is Big Data? Part II

In their article, “The Data That Turned the World Upside down,” writers ANNES GRASSEGGER AND MIKAEL KROGERUS explain, “Big Data means, in essence, that everything we do, both on and offline, leaves digital traces. Every purchase we make with our cards, every search we type into Google, every movement we …