How Passive Data Will Save The World [Video]


A new animation from the United Nation’s Global Pulse initiative explains how macro socioeconomic trends effect individual people and how the analysis of real-time data can help inform a more timely and targeted response.

Dan Gould
  • 17 march 2012

At PSFK CONFERENCE NYCRobert Kirkpatrick, the Director of the United Nation’s Global Pulse initiative, will talk about his innovative work mining social media, the open web and the massive amounts of passive data that is created every day, to detect the early impacts of global crises on various communities. Click here to purchase tickets and find additional information about this year’s event.

A new animation from Global Pulse explains how macro socioeconomic trends effect the lives of individual people and how the analysis of real-time data can help inform more timely and targeted responses to support communities at the times when they are most vulnerable.

Global Pulse explains:

One of the biggest challenges of responding to fast-moving global crises on a human level, is that by the time governments figure out what is happening via surveys, reports and censuses — the damage has already been done. Families fall into poverty, children are pulled from school, and the lives of the poorest are put into jeopardy.

But due to the explosion of online and mobile data (often referred to as “Big Data” because of how much of it is created everyday), for the first time in history we have the opportunity to better understand when a negative trend is happening in real-time, and inform policies and programs to help prevent harm before it’s too late.

Take a look at the video below for more information:

UN Global Pulse

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