Data Science & Development

The proliferation of mobile phones and other technologies in developing regions of the world provides a unique opportunity to use large-scale digital data for social good. These sources of data can not only be used to develop a deeper understanding of current processes of social and economic development, but can also be used to proactively design effective public policy for alleviating poverty and producing positive social change. For instance, high-resolution mobility data can be used to understand the impact of migration on labor markets and patterns of ethnic segregation. Data from internet access points can help determine whether fee structures impact online behavior, and whether MOOCs are a valuable part of education in low-resource environments. TASCHA, in collaboration with the Information School’s DataLab, develops novel ways of analyzing, visualizing, and combining data to answer tough, policy-relevant questions.

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