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 …

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 …