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 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 …