Big Data for development has undeniably delivered great advances and will continue to do so. Still, it is only as good as the people who create it and as the people who use it. And, as technology continues to develop, much is still unknown.
Gone are the days when the utility of phones was to make phone calls. Mobile phones for development have endless potential surpassing that of the desktop computer. Their value is primarily in data-gathering and knowledge-sharing, but not without a fair share of associated risks.
Does greater trust come with increased openness? Greater transparency, induced by ICT-generated data, in public institutions may show promise in certain political contexts. In others – namely in democratic environments already enjoying a degree of openness – it can be rather damaging, contrary to popular belief. Increased transparency has become …
The severe lack of sex-disaggregated data and its impact on effective decision-making has finally been noticed. As a result, there has been an increase in initiatives aimed at collecting data focusing on poor women and girls.