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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …