A Critical and Systemic Consideration of Data for Sustainable Development in Africa

Moorosi, Nyalleng, Thinyane, Mamello and Marivate, Vukosi, "A Critical and Systemic Consideration of Data for Sustainable Development in Africa" 14th International Conference of IFIP Working Group 9.4 - Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, Yogyakarta, 2017/05/22-24.

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    Author Moorosi, Nyalleng
    Thinyane, Mamello
    Marivate, Vukosi
    Title A Critical and Systemic Consideration of Data for Sustainable Development in Africa
    Event Series IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
    Publication Date 2017-05-16
    Place of Publication Cham
    Publisher Springer International Publishing
    Pages 232-241
    Title of Event 14th International Conference of IFIP Working Group 9.4 - Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries
    Date of Event 2017/05/22-24
    Place of Event Yogyakarta
    Language eng
    Abstract The “data revolution for development” pundits tout data as representing an undeniable opportunity for transforming and improving societies through the deployment of data-centric development approaches. The critics on the other hand question the legitimacy of these claims made on the role to data to transform society and development work, in particular considering the numerous systemic and structural challenges faced by some of the least developed countries. In this paper we consider the real positioning and role of the data, and in particular Big Data, for sustainable development in Africa. We highlight three perspectives and dynamics associated with the data revolution for development and suggest that the real utilization of data for development in Africa can only be realized when other ecosystem factors are considered in tandem.
    Keyword Data science
    Internet participation
    Open data
    Big data
    Data for development
    Copyright Holder IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2017
    Copyright Year 2017
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISBN 9783319591117
    DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-59111-7
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