Media Review

Signatories to Inclusive Data Charter Showcase Commitments to Leave No One Behind

“The Charter is based on a vision set by the SDGs, the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). It highlights the lack of reliable, adequate data and the skills needed to analyze them, which are prerequisites to living up to the SDGs’ ambition of leaving no one behind.”

 

IISD

Open port exposes data of 50.5M GOMO app users

“Data from every application as well as deployment, product, administration, statistics, payment gateways, and much more was left unprotected in plaintext."

 

ZDNet

Sebi looks to beef up surveillance

“Markets watchdog Sebi plans to build a private data storage cloud, automate its inspection of brokers and make greater use of data analytics.”

 

The Free Press Journal

Leveraging big data to drive development

“The digital divide and slow adoption and operation of advanced technology in most developing countries have, so far, limited the possibility for the potential and capabilities of big data to be fully harnessed.”

 

The Nation

A sea of data - but not a drop to drink

“The recent global headlines around Cape Town’s impending Day Zero - the day the taps run dry - sent shockwaves around the world. A major city running out of drinkable water may have been unthinkable only a few decades ago, but according to the World Wildlife Fund for Nature, two-thirds of the world’s population may face water shortages by 2025.”

 

Bizzcommunity

India gears up for big data: DoT to send officers to China for training

“This pool of experts will work towards capacity building activities of the DoT as well as for supporting capacity building activities of other ministries, departments, state governments and public sector companies.”

 

The IndianExpress

AI For Humanity: Using AI To Make A Positive Impact In Developing Countries

“Many developing countries like Nepal have the same concerns -- how can they use AI to improve their countries’ economies and save lives? Here are a few use cases of AI that I believe can have a huge impact in developing countries.”

 

Forbes

ESA promotes satellites to reduce impact of disasters in developing countries

“A new European Space Agency (ESA) project aims to allow developing countries to have greater access to powerful Earth observation tools in order to reduce risks linked to natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods or volcanic eruptions.”

 

Reliefweb

Role of Government satellite data in advancing global development

“There are at least 20 government satellites that are currently operational and that provide both imagery and non-imagery EO data without restrictions. This article, however, spotlights Landsat and Copernicus, the best two examples of government satellite programs that have positively impacted global development as result of their free and open data policy.”

 

Geospatial World

By 2020 World’s 6 Billion Smartphones Could Predict Catastrophic Weather

“Vital atmospheric data exists today on some three to four billion smartphones worldwide. This data can improve our ability to accurately forecast the weather and other natural disasters that are taking so many lives every year.”

 

Breaking Israel News

We don’t have enough data to draw conclusions about the digital divide

“The current supply-side data collected by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) from national administrative data doesn’t allow us to measure several basic indicators in the predominantly pre-paid mobile environment that characterizes communication services in developing countries.”

 

QRIUS

How forests improve kids' diets

“A first-of-its-kind global study shows that children in 27 developing countries have better nutrition -- when they live near forests. The results turn on its head the assumption that improving nutrition in poorer countries requires clearing forests for more farmland -- and, instead, suggest that forest conservation could be an important tool to improve the nutrition of children.”

 

ScienceDaily

Space programs will boost development in Africa

“Powerful nano-satellites, the size of soccer balls, are able to deliver detailed imagery and information about a chosen territory from space. These advances in technology and cheaper launch vehicles mean more developing countries can use satellites to collect troves of valuable data.”

 

Quartz Africa

New research proposes using local data in resolving malnutrition

Researchers have recently attempted to increase its recognition by conducting a global study of more than 1.7 million children, but a new study published in the Food and Nutrition Bulletin reveals that kwashiorkor may be a local phenomenon that is underestimated by national statistics.

 

EurekAlert!

Reports

Data Science Nigeria 2017– 2018 Annual Report

“Reflecting on the past year, the extensive activities and focused intervention of Data Science Nigeria demonstrate how Nigeria is setting itself up for a period of unprecedented growth in harnessing the benefits of intelligent systems to drive incremental local capacity, skill development and socioeconomic development.”

 

Proshareng

Report of the Independent International Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar

"Military necessity would never justify killing indiscriminately, gang raping women, assaulting children, and burning entire villages"

 

Human Rights Council

Understanding Data Use: Building M&E Systems that Empower Users

“Most ignore the implications decision space has on a system’s usefulness for decision-making. When M&E systems and data are not useful or used, this has negative implications for accountability, learning, and development outcomes.”

 

Development Gateway

Book

Developing statistical capacity in low-income countries

“Our chapter in From Summits to Solutions analyzes the status of statistical capacity development in developing countries and provides a case study of a capacity development project done by JICA in Cambodia. We also identify some gaps in official statistics in developing countries and present some ideas to simplify the work of national statistical agencies”

Brookings Press book, "From Summits to Solutions: Innovations in Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.”

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Sirius Legal
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Events

 

Big Data & Analytics Innovation Summit

“Embed data to exploit business potential. [At the summit] hear innovations from industry leaders in a fast-growing big data community as we have case studies from the most senior-level and ground-breaking executives in data & analytics science.”

 

5-6 September

Shanghai, China

 

Big Data & Analytics Summit (Sydney)

“Maximize the Potential of Your Big Data Initiatives. Learn from industry leaders in a fast-growing analytics community as we hear innovative case studies from the most senior-level and ground-breaking executives in analytics & data science.”

 

20-21 September

Sydney, Australia

Big Data Analytics & Data Mining

“The main theme of the conference is “Modern Technologies and Challenges in Big Data". This conference aimed to expand its coverage in the areas of Big Data and Data Mining where expert talks, young researcher’s presentations will be placed in every session of the meeting will be inspired and keep up your enthusiasm.”

 

26-27 September

Chicago, US

Workshop on open data and development opens

“Organised by the Africa open data and Internet Research Foundation (AODIRF) on behalf of the UNDP and the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) to engage the participants to discuss the importance of aid data and why it is important for decision making.”

 

Ghana News Agency

IAOS

“The theme of this conference Better Statistics for Better Lives will serve as an umbrella to discuss the most pressing problems regarding the production, dissemination, and use of official statistics. This conference will be an important driver of the agenda towards better understanding official statistics, increasing their usefulness, addressing challenges, and finding potential options to improve statistics in a particular subject or field.”

 

19-21 September Paris,

France

 UNGA

“The General Assembly (GA) is the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the UN.”

 

18 September

New York,

USA

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