Projects spanning big and small data, from complex approaches for modeling disease diffusion to simple analyses enabled by newly open government data, are now being utilized by international organizations such as the United Nations and numerous countries to improve the lives of citizens in the developing world. These activities can enhance quality of life while also advancing public health, public safety, government services, and agricultural development.
Data-Driven Personalization: Its Time Has Come
One of the most promising, though still ambiguous and misunderstood, trends in IT is the use of data to deliver to individuals the exact products and services that they need, when they need them, sometimes without their even asking. It's the decades-old promise of personalization.
Algorithms and Automation Will Give Us More Freedom and Control
Some anti-technology advocates have bemoaned the increasing implementation of data driven algorithms and automation, arguing they reduce privacy and consumer choice. However, this thinking is misguided and ignores the tremendous benefits data innovation provides for consumers while transforming health care, public safety, community development and numerous other aspects of society.