Category Archives: Policy

Crowdfunding: What’s in it for Development?

Crowdfunding – another example of the globalized world we are living in. No matter where you are from and where I am from, no matter how far we are apart and what status or ethnicity we were born into, no … Continue reading

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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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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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Being online, being threatened: About the digital gender divide

In 2012, Malala Yousafazi was attacked on her way to school by the Taliban who aimed to punish her for her promotion of girl schooling. She was 15 years old and had published diary entries on the Taliban’s violence on … Continue reading

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