PROMOTING A PEOPLE-CENTERED BIG DATA REVOLUTION

Founding institutions and initial core members

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
MIT MediaLab
Overseas Development Institute

Additional core member

Flowminder Foundation

Core funding provided by

Rockefeller Foundation

Main project funding provided by

World Bank Group
Hewlett Foundation
World Bank Group

Hosted in NYC by

ThoughtWorks

Our Mission

Data-Pop Alliance is a global coalition on Big Data and development
created by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, MIT Media Lab, and Overseas Development Institute that brings together researchers, experts, practitioners, and activists to promote a people-centered Big Data revolution
through collaborative research, capacity building, and community engagement. As of February 2016, Flowminder Foundation has joined Data-Pop Alliance as its fourth Core Member.

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Big Data and Development Events

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Activities

We work through research, training, and engagement activities and launched two new initiatives this fall.


RESEARCH

Advancing knowledge and innovation with Big Data

 

We combine the unique strengths of our founding institutions and partners to analyze the applications and implications of Big Data and development. We develop thought pieces, empirical research papers, and

 

TRAINING

Building capacities and connections in Big Data

 

We develop curricula, trainings, and hands-on workshops with local communities, government and elected officials, data and social scientists, and journalists in order to enhance their willingness and ability to shape the Big Data revolution.

 

ENGAGEMENT

Crafting ethical and equitable systems for Big Data

 

We are involved in policy debates, partnerships, and grassroots advocacy efforts to promote a Big Data revolution that reflects core values of equity and empowerment, enabling people to navigate and transform their own environments.

 
 

WORKING GROUPS

Encouraging academic collaborations across Big Data themes

 

We design and support individuals around the world to work together in one of our five thematic areas, animated by our network of Research Affiliates, to produce and share ideas in areas they are most passionate about.

 

DATA SPACES

Developing strategies and activities in regional Big Data ecosystems

 

We convene global networks of key actors and activities into Regional Data Spaces that aim to foster synergies within and between regions in Big Data and development, catalyzing and coordinating efforts to promote a people-centered Big Data revolution.

 
 

Press

Mentions of our projects and people.