Data-Pop Alliance is a global coalition on Big Data and development created by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, MIT Media Lab, and Overseas Development Institute that brings together researchers, experts, practitioners, and activists to promote a people-centered Big Data revolution through collaborative research, capacity building, and community engagement. As of February 2016, Flowminder Foundation has joined Data-Pop Alliance as its fourth Core Member.
Priorities as a partner of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
Data-Pop Alliance and PARIS21, alongside the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), and other key partners, have committed to join forces to develop an ambitious “Global Education Program for Data Literacy in the 21st Century” to enhance the willingness and ability of various social groups.
The program aims to engage with and leverage the new ecosystem of data, notably current and future generations of policymakers, official statisticians, elected officials, government staff, researchers and educators, civil society and community leaders and organizers, journalists and other social intermediaries, as well citizens around the globe down to the most vulnerable and marginalized. The program is intended to instill positive social change through greater societal knowledge about data, combining and blending various disciplines of the social and computer sciences in ways that avoid the creation of a new digital divide in intent and capacities and the pitfalls of a purely techno-scientific elitist approach to the collection and use of data for decision-making.