Data-Pop Alliance Quarterly Update

Dear friends and partners,
Some 5 years ago, Data-Pop Alliance was created to "promote a people-centered Big Data revolution”— a process of social change where new data sources and technologies including AI, don’t only work to the advantage of big companies and surveillance agencies but also, and primarily, for regular citizens and communities, especially in developing regions. History teaches us that all techno-political revolutions have negative consequences — some unfortunately irreversible. But our world is also in need of positive transformations that the "Fourth Industrial Revolution” could bring about. One way is to consider and use data as lenses and levers to unveil and improve power dynamics and decision-making structures that lead to bad outcomes such as inequality, violence, distrust, congestion, overconsumption, and more.

The key, we think, and our mission, is to strengthen the willingness and ability of people to make data and AI ‘work’ for them. To that end, we create and diffuse knowledge, develop capacities and connections, build systems and tools, raise awareness, and provide strategic support on Big Data and AI for sustainable development, by leveraging the resources of our team and network to implement research, capacity building and strategy projects with our local partners, in Colombia, México, Senegal, and more. Every quarter, we will share updates on this work, including our publications, trainings, events, and more (including cartoons!). You are receiving this Quarterly Update because you attended one of our trainings, events, or subscribed to our mailing list in the past. If you want to unsubscribe, you can do so by clicking here. If you want to subscribe, you can click here. For anything else just send us an email at

Emmanuel Letouzé, PhD
Director and Co-Founder, Data-Pop Alliance
Visiting Scholar, MIT Media Lab
Data Literacy Trainings on Big Data for Sustainable Development

Our upcoming data literacy trainings will be held in the Dominican Republic and Tunisia, where participants will learn about the key applications and implications of Big Data for Sustainable Development. These trainings, part of our Global Professional Training Program, are geared towards development professionals looking to understand the technical, ethical, and institutional considerations to leverage Big Data in their work. 

"Big Data, Digital Economy and Sustainable Development" 
April 9-11, 2019  -  Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
In partnership with UN ECLAC and the Oficina Nacional de Estadística (in Spanish)

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"Mobiliser le Big Data pour le Développement Durable"
April 22-24, 2019  -  Tunis, Tunisia
In partnership with United Nations Tunisia (in French)
Register here
Four-Paper Series: Big Data to Address Global Development Challenges
These series of four research papers, funded by the Agence française de développement (AFD), developed by Data-Pop Alliance and partners, aims to strengthen the evidence-base for leveraging Big Data to address global development challenges in local contexts: Senegal, Namibia, México, Colombia. 
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Blogpost: "Harnessing Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for Development Effectiveness"
By Emmanuel Letouzé and Micol Stock - Originally published by Southern Voice 
January 21, 2019

"Big Data creates opportunities for quicker and more targeted information and decision making. But it can also lead to divisions, distrust and overconfidence in the power of technological fixes. In this context, the question of whether and how Big Data could help donors, policymakers, and development professionals to get a better sense of the effectiveness of development—particularly of Official Development Assistance (ODA), South-South Cooperation, and Blended Finance— has become more relevant."

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Strategic Support to Colombia's Big Data Strategy
Since 2017, Data-Pop Alliance and MIT Media Lab have been providing strategic support to Colombia's first Big Data strategy, one of the first of its kind in the region, in partnership with iNNpulsa Colombia and the Department of National Planning (DNP). The strategy aims at fostering Colombia's digital transformation towards greater efficiency, equity and innovation.  
Read more (in Spanish)
AI for Social Good
Published February 5, 2019
The Sustainability Conundrum
Published March 14, 2019
Events and Presentations
Cartoon by Liza Donnelly.
AI for Social Good Workshop
UNDP & Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI)
February 17-18, 2019  -  Doha, Qatar
Presentation by Julie Ricard 

Regional Workshop on Mobile Data for Sustainable Development in Africa
Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
February 20-21, 2019  -  Nairobi, Kenya

Artificial Intelligence and Public Policy in Latin America
International Development Research Center (IDRC), CIDA & Centro Latam Digital
February 25-26, 2019  -  Ciudad de México, Mexico

New Techniques and Technologies for Statistics (NTTS)
February 25-26, 2019  -  Brussels, Belgium

Keynote presentations by Emmanuel Letouzé and Alex 'Sandy' Pentland

IoT Innovatech Latam 
May 2-4, 2019 - Santiago de Chile, Chile

Big Data Para o Bem Comum
Data-Pop Alliance, The University of Manchester, GVcemif 
May 16-17, 2019 - São Paulo, Brazil Annual Workshop on Survey Methodology
May 20-23, 2019 - São Paulo, Brazil
In the Media
"Gobierno usará Big Data para controlar alteraciones en el Sisbén"
El Espectador, Colombia

"A New Take on Privacy By Design" (p. 32)
"Mettre le Big Data privé au service du bien public"
Les Echos, France

"CiuDATA Segura: un mapa de datos hacia la paz" (p. 62)
Revista Link, Colombia
Data and Cartoons 
Cartoons by Emmanuel Letouzé drawn live during Eurostat's NTTS Conference
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