Entering the Age of Data: A Focus on Data Inclusion

“Entering the Age of Data: A Focus on Data Inclusion” is the second video in our new series on Big Data and development. Literacy is a deeply political question. As explored by our experts, becoming literate means being able to question the power structures and dynamics of the context in which you are literate – “Being able to relate to data … Read More

Climate Change Resilience in the Age of Data

#COP21Data Data-Pop Alliance, Agence française de développement (AFD), and the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) are co-organizing a COP21 side event, Climate Change Resilience in the Age of Data: Opportunities, Challenges, and Requirements on December 4th, from 08:30 to 19:30 at AFD Headquarters in Paris. — A COP21 Side Event — Friday, 4 December 2015 | 08:30 – 19:30 As … Read More

What is Data Literacy?

“What is Data Literacy?” is the first video in our new series on Big Data and development. In under two minutes, Cartoonist Manu takes us through a short history of what literacy is and was from the early 1800s through today. We explore the evolving definitions of data literacy – from drawing a cross to reading a newspaper to interacting … Read More

Strengthening Capacity in Developing Countries: It’s time to get it right!

PARIS21, with the support of Data-Pop Alliance and other organizations, hosted this event in September 2015. Despite some progress over the last 15 years and increasing attention and recognition, the question on how to best build national capacity in terms of data production, dissemination, and use remains largely unanswered in many countries. As Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) put an unprecedented demand … Read More

digitising europe initiative 2015

#digitisingEU Data-Pop Alliance and the Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications are partnering to organize a European-wide series of stakeholders’ dialogues on the ethics of Big Data over the next 6 months in major European cities. Our Academic Director, Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland, and his debater, Andrew Keen, are kicking off the event November 12th in Berlin. Subsequent dialogues will be held in: … Read More

Beyond Data Literacy Workshop

Data-Pop Alliance hosted a Workshop at the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015 . The Workshop, which included a White Paper Launch, was organized and funded by Data-Pop Alliance and Internews’ Center for Innovation & Learning, in partnership with PARIS21, the World Economic Forum (WEF), and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). The Workshop aimed to … Read More

PeaceHack Barcelona

International Alert, with partnership from Data-Pop Alliance, hosted this event in September 2015.   #peacehack, an initiative by International Alert, convenes technologists, designers, developers and peace practitioners to formulate ideas and solutions for identifying and stopping violent conflict in order build peace. The first #peacehack took place in September 2014 in London as part of International Alert’s inaugural Talking Peace Festival. Following … Read More

Build Peace 2015

Data-Pop Alliance organized a session a session on “Peace Data Analysis” at the second annual Build Peace conference hosted this past April in Nicosia, Cyprus.  Build Peace, a global community and annual conference, convenes technologists, activists, and practitioners to use technology and share ideas for peacebuilding and conflict prevention. The Peace Data Analysis session at Build Peace 2015, moderated by Data-Pop Alliance Co-Director … Read More

United Nations Sustainable Development Training: Modeling Flooding Vulnerability

Data-Pop Alliance authored a training module that launched as Learning Session for the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in June 2015 in New York City.  This training addresses the use of data in modeling, mapping, and monitoring vulnerability to climate change and includes case studies on Laos, Tanzania, Australia, South Africa, west African coastline, and New York, as well … Read More

Cartagena Data Festival

Data-Pop Alliance organized this event in April 2015 along with other partner organizations such as ODI, PARIS21, UNFPA, Africa Gathering, and many others.  The Cartagena Data Festival was a three-day event in April 2015 that brought together more than 300 researchers, experts, policy advocates, and data visualization designers, to convene on ideas, innovations, and partnerships that drive a data revolution. The event … Read More

Big Data and Human Rights AAAS SRHRL Conference

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 participated in panel discussion.  The AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition, created in January 2009, brings together scientists, engineers, and … Read More

UNFPA Big Data Bootcamp

Data-Pop Alliance provided technical support to UNFPA’s Big Data Bootcamp that took place at Betahaus Barcelona in February 2015.  The Bootcamp was structured around a series of presentations, group work, collective brainstorming sessions, and networking events, using a ‘design thinking’ approach to help UNFPA craft its Big Data engagement strategy for the next few years. It was led by Data-Pop Alliance’s Advisory Board member Bruce Campbell, Head of … Read More