Algorithms and the Social Fabric: Accountability, Governance and Ethics

David Sangokoya, Emmanuel Letouzé, Natalie Shoup Blog

Algorithms are profoundly changing the world we live in; they seem to be everywhere, yet often hidden and generally poorly understood by the general public. They are referred to as ‘black boxes,’ concealing sophisticated mechanisms that crunch citizen-consumers’ data to make predictions that turn into prescriptions, and lock these subjects into their condition. However, the rise of algorithms may also … Read More

Data-Pop Alliance launches its Global Professional Training Program in Bogotá!
Nov 29 – Dec 2, 2016

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Following a pilot event at MIT Media Lab in June, Data-Pop Alliance formally launched its Global Professional Training Program with its first full fledged four-day intensive workshop on “Leveraging Big Data for Sustainable Development” in Bogotá, Colombia, from November 29th to December 2nd. Up to 10 workshops will take place in 2017, in Colombia, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, Thailand and the … Read More

Open algorithms: A new paradigm for using private data for social good

Thomas Roca, Emmanuel Letouzé Blog

The term “datafication” was coined to describe the consequences of the digital revolution: the growing generation, collection and storage of digital information concerning all aspects of the physical world (including earth activity, weather, climate, and biosphere), human lives and activities (including DNA, vital signs, consumption, and credit scores), and societal patterns (including communications, economic activity, and mobility).

El Laboratorio Urbano abre sus puertas en Bogotá. Un proyecto de la Secretaría de Desarrollo Económico, la Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá y Data-Pop Alliance

Ana Lucía Martinez Arias, Rodrigo Lara Molina Blog

Data-Pop Alliance, junto con la Alcaldía de Bogotá (en cabeza de la Secretaría de Desarrollo Económico) y la Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá han estado trabajando a lo largo de este año, en la creación de un Laboratorio Urbano para Bogotá. El pasado 27 de mayo, las tres partes firmaron un acuerdo oficial de colaboración.

Exploring the Applications and Implications of Social Media and Demographic Research

Gabriel Pestre Blog

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The Social Media and Demographic Research Workshop, co-organized by the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Big Data and Population Processes as a side-event at the 10th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM-16), took place in Cologne, Germany, on May 17, 2016. The goal of the workshop was to bring together population researchers and data scientists to discuss the … Read More

Promoting a “people-centered” data revolution at the World Humanitarian Summit—and beyond

David Sangokoya, Emmanuel Letouzé Blog

Data-Pop Alliance will co-host two side events during the first World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) held in Istanbul, Turkey this week: a remote side event with UNOCHA in New York on May 23rd, and an official WHS side event in Istanbul with UNDP, UNICEF and WFP, on May 24th. Both events will deal with the applications and implications of data and … Read More

Unevenly Distributed Resilience

Jesse Anttila-Hughes Blog

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This is the fourth in a series of companion pieces that offer insights from the synthesis report. The authors of the series attempt to go “beyond the buzz” to lay out what we actually know about Big Data’s existing utility for disaster science and for building practical resilience.

Big Data and Disability, Part 1

Gabriel Pestre Blog

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This is the first in a series of blog posts on our ongoing work exploring the applications and implications of Big Data and disability. This serves as an initial scoping of how Big Data can contribute to various research areas related to disability. This will form the basis of a White Paper (forthcoming) exploring the ability of the Big Data ecosystem to monitor and understand the state of research about persons with disabilities and their environments.

Using Big Data to detect and predict natural hazards better and faster: lessons learned with hurricanes, earthquakes, floods

Simone Sala Blog

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This is the first in a series of companion pieces that offer insights from a synthesis report evaluating the opportunities, challenges and required steps for leveraging the new ecosystem of Big Data and its potential applications and implications for climate change and disaster resilience, published by Data-Pop Alliance, with funding from the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID). The authors of the series attempt to go “beyond the buzz” to lay out what we actually know about Big Data’s existing utility for disaster science and for building practical resilience.

Big Data and Migration, Part 1

David Sangokoya, Emmanuel Letouzé Blog

This is the first in a series of blog posts on our ongoing work exploring the applications and implications of Big Data and migration. People have always been on the move—whether to seek refuge from war and persecution, find jobs and create businesses, flee in the aftermath of natural disasters, or get a degree somewhere else. From country to city, … Read More

Taming the data storm to shape a human-centered data revolution: contextualizing and announcing digitising Europe’s stakeholders’ dialogues

Carson Martinez, Emmanuel Letouzé Blog

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While the Library of Alexandria was once believed to contain the sum of human knowledge around the third century B.C.E, it is now near impossible to quantify and increasingly difficult to store the volume of data generated by humans as a result of the advent of digital technologies and societies.

Celebrating the Outcomes of the Cartagena Data Festival

Gabriel Pestre Blog

With over 400 registered participants, 3 days filled with events and presentations and countless stimulating conversations, the Cartagena Data Festival was an extraordinary experience and in our opinion, a great success. The festival was livestreamed for people following from home, and interacted with the Twitter community’s questions and comments. Simultaneous translation was available for non-English speaking attendees.

“A new and sometimes awkward relationship” on Big Data and Human Rights should be Further Explored

Emmanuel Letouzé and Patrick Vinck Blog

The AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Sciences) Science and Human Rights Coalition organized a 2-day conference on ‘Big Data and Human Rights’ on January 15 and 16 in Washington DC, where Data-Pop Alliance’s co-founders Emmanuel Letouzé and Patrick Vinck (who also serves on AAAS’ Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility) presented their perspectives on this critical yet still … Read More

A few Big Data Bites

Emmanuel Letouzé Blog

  Big data: early years and foundational pieces An early mention of the upcoming “Industrial Revolution of data” can be found in a blog by Joe Hellerstein, a computer scientist at the University of California, Berkeley. It was published in November 2008, a few months after Wired had claimed that ‘data deluge’ would signify “the end of theory” and make the … Read More

Key Facts & Figures on Big Data and Call Detail Records

Emmanuel Letouzé Blog

What is big data, and could it transform development policy? Emmanuel Letouzé takes a close look at this emerging field. In just a few years ‘big data’ have affected industries and activities from marketing and advertising to intelligence gathering and law enforcement, stirring much excitement and scepticism. With policymaking increasingly looking like big data’s next frontier, is this phenomenon — … Read More

Data “Inflation” Table

Emmanuel Letouzé Blog

Unit Size What it means Bit (b) 1 or 0 Short for “binary digit”, after the binary code (1 or 0) computers use to store and process data—including text, numbers, images, videos, etc. Byte (B) 8 bits Enough information to create a number or an English letter in computer code. It is the basic unit of computing. Kilobyte (KB) 1,000, … Read More