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    Key Facts & Figures

    What is big data, and could it transform development policy? Emmanuel Letouzé takes a close look at this emerging field.
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    Data “Inflation” Table

    Each year since 2012, well over 1.2 zettabytes of data has been produced — 1021 bytes, enough to fill 80 billion 16GB iPhones (which would circle the earth more than 100 times).
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    Big data Bites|Early years and foundational pieces

    Over the past couple of years, thousands of media articles and editorials have covered big data’s impact on society, including an early mention of the upcoming “Industrial Revolution of data” by Joe Hellerstein, a computer scientist at the University of California, Berkeley.
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    Big data | The dark side: ethical problems of big data

    Issues of individual privacy, ethics and human rights around the use of big data are getting increasing attention.
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    Big data | Following the data: institutions and programmes

    Responding to the promise of big data, several large foundations have already shown interest in the field.
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    Big data | Groups, networks, and events

    Anyone interested in big data and statistics can join groups including Stanford University’s Statistics for Social Good working group and Google’s Data Science for Social Good group.
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