Category Archives: Big data

Can a machine take a joke? Twitter, sentiment analysis and irony

UN Global Pulse recently announced a partnership with Twitter (Tatevossian 2016): “The Sustainable Development Goals are first and foremost about people, and Twitter’s unique data stream can help us truly take a real-time pulse on priorities and concerns – particularly … Continue reading

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Not becoming Icarus: how to use Big Data wisely

The use of big data is increasingly becoming an integral part of understanding many of our current problems on a global scale.  However, when reading and reflecting upon big data, it becomes evident that the benefits are contrasted with many … Continue reading

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Disaster Management with the help of CDRs?

  Call Detail Records (CDRs) are probably the most exemplified data supply tool when the focus is on facilitated development work by means of big data resources. But besides its real-time descriptive promises, which issues emerge when we talk about … Continue reading

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Who benefits from disruptive technologies? Part 1: Bitcoin

The other day I had lunch with an old friend who works as an analyst for a multinational technology company, inhabiting a very different world from me. I mentioned that our current task concerns data and development, and she replied … Continue reading

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Big Data – Big Agriculture

There are few questions more central to the future of humankind than the future of food security, farming and agriculture. With regards to this, the hopes are high for technology, big data and “smart farming”. Many believe that big data … Continue reading

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Data, truth and beauty

The shortlist has just been published for the 2016 Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards. Although a few could be regarded as trivial, all are fascinating in their own way, and it’s interesting how many deal with issues related to international … Continue reading

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