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 …

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 …

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 …

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 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. …