Data Upside-Down: from data to development impact

Some weeks ago, I received the picture at the top of this post. Apart from triggering a light smile, since at the time I was preparing this blog series, it made me think about data’s development impact. Assessing and evaluating impact is necessarily contingent to the purpose and goals of …

Data Upside-Down: data universalism in a heterogeneous Global South

Philip Alston, the UN rapporteur on extreme poverty, warned yesterday the members at the UN General Assembly about the dangers to which human rights are subject with the emergence of ’digital welfare states’. He went further to highlight the burden of the externalities levied on society as a result of …

Open data: empowering citizens and governments for attaining sustainable development

Open Data: as pure as the driven snow… Open Data (OD) is data freely available for anyone to use for any purpose. Such data may come from social media, private companies, NGOs, and government databases and agencies, and can be used to a) foster economic growth, b) boost jobs market, …

Data Upside-Down: where is the Global South?

On Monday, The Guardian launched a journalistic global series under the title Automating Poverty. The series explores the ongoing trend to digitalise and automatise state and society relations with a focus on how governments use artificial intelligence (AI) to target the vulnerable. In a series of articles, Ed Pilkington, the …