How Open Data Can Help the Global South, from Disaster Relief to Voter Turnout

The modern era is marked by growing faith in the power of data. “Big data”, “open data”, and “evidence-based decision-making” have become buzzwords, touted as solutions to the world’s most complex and persistent problems, from corruption and famine to the refugee crisis.

While perhaps most pronounced in higher income countries, this trend is now emerging globally. ...

This is an exciting prospect, but can opening up data actually make a difference in people’s lives?

The GovLab at New York University spent the last year trying to answer that question.

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