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Challenges, Opportunities and Responsibilities: Part 3 of 3

The Data Revolution and the Importance of Information Ecosystems

Challenges, Opportunities and Responsibilities: Part 2 of 3

Towards Inclusion: The Need for Human-Centered Design Approaches

There’s clearly no shortage of excitement and promise about the ways that big data can be applied to meet the world’s challenges.

Current methods of collating and monitoring information in emergencies are time-intensive and do not allow us to track trends, gaps, or insights over time.

Mobile phones and digital tools are offering incredible opportunity for developing countries to enter and shape digital economies. But how can we keep technology and development players from becoming extractive industries, so that people’s data becomes the new oil of the 21st century? 


  • Challenges, Opportunities and Responsibilities: Part 3 of 3

    The Data Revolution and the Importance of Information Ecosystems

    Tackling the assumptions that shape the “big/open data” narrative takes courage. Does “open” or “big” data actually make a meaningful difference in the lives of the most vulnerable? Do these terms genuinely influence what people think and consequently guide how they might act? Who knows? Regardless, we need the means to start asking these questions.


  • Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning 'humanity to others'. It also means 'I am what I am because of who we all are'. The Ubuntu operating system brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the world of computers. 

    Ubuntu is part social and part economic: free software, available free of charge to everybody on the same terms, and funded through a portfolio of services provided by Canonical.


  • Our information ecosystems research is taking flight in exciting directions, both internally and externally. Within Internews, the Center is contributing to the research design for information ecosystem assessments in additional countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia.



Crowdglobe: an open research platform aimed at informing the future use of crowdsourcing mapping methodologies by highlighting deployments and research in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) field.

Harnessing Design for Media Development: exploring methods of Design Research to gain a better understanding of how information and communications are impacting the livelihoods of marginalized communities

Media Map: an initiative to explore, interact with, and analyze data on media development, bringing together comparable data on how media, technology, and communication intersect with traditional development statistics.