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, 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”.