Podcast: Reflections on blogging, big data and learning

A chat with the Big Fat Data team on the highlights and challenges of running a blog and collaborative learning.   Looking back and reflecting on this exercise, a few expressions can summarise our experience, i.e. collaborative learning, time management, food for thought. All four of us had different experiences …

Let’s talk about Google

Inspired by Isobel’s post from the Ctrl + Alt + Dev blog, I thought I would dive deeper into Google and its social impact activities. I found out that Google in fact supports a number of organisations working with social change. In the past few weeks, I’ve focused on big …

Globalisation on Steroid – called Big Data

According to HBR, back in 2016, 12% of the global goods trade included cross-border e-commerce, and half of the world’s services trade was being conducted digitally. One could ask, has globalisation gone digital? But before we answer this question, we should take a step back and first reflect on what …

Tools and Tips Part 2: Event Coverage of ICT4D WEBINAR

Rise of platforms for data collection & analysis: Making the right choice After blogging about the broad ideas around big data for development for the last few weeks, it’s now time to take a look at some nitty gritty details of data platforms on the rise and into the realities …

Tools and Tips Part 1: Event Coverage of ICT4D WEBINAR

The Rise of Platforms for Data Collection & Analysis: Making the Right Choice “Development should not only increase the supply of food, medicine or classrooms. It must also bring about long-term change that enables the emotional and cultural fulfillment that all people deserve.” Rabbi Guy Izhak Austrian Today, big data plays …

On the phone with Prince Youlou

In this post, Emanuel talks to Prince Youlou about an exciting project in the Republic of Congo. Listen to the podcast by clicking on the link below. Interview with Prince Youlou coordinator of Fongwama, an organization working in the field of big data and development based in the Republic of …

A conversation about ‘ICT4Development or De-development?’

Our blog Big Fat Data is about conversations about data and development. Our aim is to we engage with each other and others. In this post, Sara and Lan have an informal chat about Emanuel’s article and what they took away from it. Lan: I found Emanuel’s post very interesting …

Electricity, Big Data and Agritech

Did you know that today, more people have access to a mobile than to sewerage, piped water or electricity? (Heek ICT4D) The use of mobile phones in the developing world is growing faster than mushrooms, and to most people, it might sound skewed. Easier access to mobile phones than to …

Blockchain: disrupting development or a mirage of technology?

ICTs are pervasive and undeniably a part of development agendas worldwide. In this post, I’d like to briefly examine how ICTs are contributing to development and whether new technologies, such as blockchain, are helping to alleviate poverty as many experts claim. In the entrepreneurial and business world, disruption is a …

Big Data vs. Tuberculosis

The government of India’s goal to eradicate tuberculosis by 2025 is both admirable and ambitious. Tuberculosis was not only responsible for the death of 1.6 million people in 2017, but is also one of the top causes of death from a single infection agent, even topping AIDS (WHO, 2018). For …

Why are these 3Ds (Data, Decision and Democracy) important for our security?

In 1995 under 45 million people had access to the internet and in 2016 that number grew to be about 3.5 billion. In January 2018, the global mobile population stood at 3.7 billion unique users with the most amount of mobile internet traffic coming from emerging economies and democracies. These …

ICT4Development or De-development?

Since the cradle of civilization, the world has been in a constant state of change. From the agricultural through to the industrial and the informational revolution, human beings have innovated and developed. With the 21st century and the rise of big data, our societies are changing quicker than ever, and …

“Big Data,” another Buzzword?

By now we have all heard expressions claiming that “big data” is the new oil, or that “big data” will fuel the next industrial revolution, terminologies comparing data to important resources that have shaped the world as we know it. It is important to note that data is a raw …

Big data and big business

The significance of Big Data for marketing and businesses is indisputable. Growth hacking. Analytics. Big Data. These are all catch phrases and terms that form the basis for many marketing strategies. And all have one goal in common. How to grow a business, how to get consumers to buy more. …

Garbage Muncher Data Cruncher

Since 2015, environmental sustainability has been strongly shaping the international development agenda (Heeks, 2017). This is reflected in the SDG’s 13-15, but in this story’s context particularly in SDG 14 which reads “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”. No longer is climate change …