Written by Jan Piotrowski, found on Thomson Reuters foundation, originally on SciDev.net:
“Analysing vast sets of digital data from social media activity, phone records and Internet search behaviours can make development activities more effective by providing decision-makers with fast and actionable information on current events, according to a UN initiative.
Tools that measure the frequency of keywords found on online posts or the patterns of mobile-phone use can give a real-time snapshot of peoples’ current environment, says Anoush Tatevossian, spokeswoman at UN Global Pulse, a UN initiative set up to research ways to use big data for development.
“As technology becomes more user-friendly, there is a real opportunity for digital data analysis to have a significant impact on development,” she tells SciDev.Net.”
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