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 …

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 …

“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 …

Data and Health: The ‘yes, but(s)’ of Health Insurance Providers Tracking Your Fitness Data

Responsible data. Those were the words that stuck with me after reading the post by Samar Riaz on this very blog and stayed with me as I read the following article. Suzanne Barlyn, writing for Reuters, covers the story of John Hancock’s move to ‘sell only interactive policies that track fitness and health data through wearable devices and smartphones’.