“Big Data” and Development

by Sajy Elmughanni on March 17, 2015


Have you ever wondered how marketing companies read your mind about your intention to by a car or a new apartment, or even your interest in losing weight? And have you ever wondered how you received those customized offers by different companies through mail, e-mail or text messages that catered to your interests?

The answers lie with the term “Big Data”. So what is big data? and how it became a powerful tool to inform about our individual interest and behavioral trends? [click to continue…]

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What springs to your mind when you think about diplomats, diplomacy, diplomatic meetings? For me the picture is quite tarnished: secretive, egocentric coteries of cocktail-sipping, costume-dressed power players, possibly with more interest in how their hair is for the day than about really solving the world’s problems. Maybe it’s harsh, but I must say that the way development talks and the big global agenda-setting meetings have been arranged throughout the years really has certainly contributed to this image of mine.

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Social Media for Social Justice

March 15, 2015

There has been a long debate on whether or not social media has an effect on social mobilization in the field of activism. Many social media experts have attributed revolutions and successful social movement to the power of social media while many others have played down that effect. But we all know that it is […]

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ICT in Africa – a cheerful development but with serious obstacles ahead

March 14, 2015

A lot has been written about Africa’s booming – and ingenious – use of ICT, including new solutions for mobile banking and the “leapfrogging” from a mostly technologically disconnected environment to a continent with impressive mobile coverage without the Western-style landline installations in-between. So, is it true what they say? And if so, can the […]

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March 6, 2015

The growing role of information communication technologies (ICT) in emergency response efforts has become a significant factor in crisis worldwide. This is a result of emerging citizen’s participation through social media and mobile communications (Manso et al., 2012, p.1). In Kenya there are no existing national emergency number, instead Red Cross has developed an emergency […]

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When the digital world meets the world of development practice

February 21, 2015

We all remember the campaign Kony 2012 created by the NGO Invisible Children (henceforth IC). The video was broadcasted on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, and featured the armed military group the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and its leader Joseph Kony.  The well-known campaign is an example of how the digital world has […]

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