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 …

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 …

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,” 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 …

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 …