Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Living with complexity: evolution, ecology, viruses and climate change

Just as we manage human health-care in any civilised society, our clear and present responsibility is to manage this planet, our only home, and all its magnificent life forms. Here, … Continue reading

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 · Leave a comment

Bottom of the data pyramid: Big data and the global South

Big data is a misnomer. While the field is relatively young, much thought has already been churned on critiquing the term, particularly about not being able to equate the scale … Continue reading

Monday, 23 May 2016 · Leave a comment

The Death and Life of Great Italian Cities – A Mobile Phone Data Perspective

The Death and Life of Great American Cities was written in 1961 and is now one of the most influential book in city planning. In it, Jane Jacobs proposed four … Continue reading

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 · Leave a comment

Big Data and International Development: Impacts, Scenarios and Policy Options

In the world of data, size obviously matters. But how much will it matter in the end, in what ways will these effects be felt and by whom. Perhaps most … Continue reading

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 · Leave a comment

In the name of Development: power, profit and the datafication of the global South

There is currently a ‘datafication’ process underway in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) which is shifting power in the field of international development away from traditional actors such as aid … Continue reading

Thursday, 2 July 2015 · Leave a comment

Data revolution at 15,000 feet

There has been perhaps too much emphasis on sample surveys to estimate indicators around poverty and service delivery. More needs to be done both to improve detailed and timely government … Continue reading

Monday, 24 November 2014 · Leave a comment

The Art and Science of Data-driven Journalism

Decades after early pioneers successfully applied computer-assisted reporting and social science to investigative journalism, journalists are creating news apps and interactive features that help people understand data, explore it, and … Continue reading

Saturday, 30 August 2014 · 1 Comment

Data-Driven Urban Citizenship

With networked infrastructures mixing with physical fabric of the cities, there is a gradually growing body of urban data. Often this data is not collected or not stored. Often it … Continue reading

Monday, 18 August 2014 · Leave a comment