What did Mobile World Congress 2018 show us about Creating a Better Future?

At the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) 107,000 visitors from 205 countries gathered to see the latest offerings showcased by the mobile industry and convene around topics such as 5G, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things (IoT) – all connected to greater theme of Creating a Better Future. But, how can we create a better […]

Cross-Post: Leveraging Mobile Data to Achieve the SDGs

New mobile trends reveal how the spread of digital technology is impacting the world: As of 2017, five billion people—two-thirds of the global population—now use mobile phones to connect to life-enhancing opportunities and services, according to GSMA. Greater access to mobile technology means that more data is being generated; use of this data can improve […]

Cross-Post: Data and Technology for the SDGs: Highlights from UNGA72 Side Events

Cross-Posted from the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data All 193 Member States of the United Nations convened in New York for the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly to discuss and work together on a wide array of international issues covered by the UN Charter, such as development, peace and security, and the […]

The Potential of Data for Development

The rise in the use of digital technologies – particularly mobile phones – has led to an exponential rise in digital data. A lot of new data is being generated by people in communities that have previously not been represented, thanks to cheaper, more accessible phones and service plans. Historically, the traditional source of data […]

Cross-Post: From Texts to Tweets to Satellites: The Power of Big Data to Fill Gender Data Gaps

Twitter posts, credit card purchases, phone calls, and satellites are all part of our day-to-day digital landscape. Detailed data, known broadly as “big data” because of the massive amounts of passively collected and high-frequency information that such interactions generate, are produced every time we use one of these technologies. These digital traces have great potential […]