What is development data? Academics argue that the internet has given voice for many marginalized communities and has widely regarded as groundbreaking invention that have changed the way millions of people live their lives. (Leah Lievrouw and Dorothea Kleine)
Still Kleine argues that researchers and practitioners in the field of ICT and development often struggle to prove specific impacts of the technology to funders (Journal of International Development, 2010).
If the impacts of ICT to development are purely calculated through economic growth, a lot of social change and meanings created to a society are missed. A freedom of expression is a fundamental value that cannot be measured only by economic terms!
Slowly – but nonetheless – traditional media organisations are also beginning to use citizen’s contributions in their products. Data journalism offers opportunities to journalists and citizens to work together by collecting information and presenting it in a way that create change.
Kleine, D. 2010: ICT4WHAT?—Using the choice framework to operationalise the capability approach to development,Journal of International Development 22: 674–692.
Lievrouw, Leah (2011) Alternative and Activist New Media Oxford: Polity Press