This coming Hilary term, the ICT4D series will again engage leading scholars and practitioners in discussions focused on the intersection of big data and human development. Previous speakers have ranged from Diego Molano, the Minister of ICT of Colombia, to Michael Corey, the Population Scientist for Facebook’s Growth Team.

We are incredibly excited for the upcoming seminars, as our speakers will cover a series of pertinent topics, from cyberspace governance (Stefania Milan) to efforts to improve data resources in developing countries by actually mapping “vulnerable places” (Idriss Ait-Bouziad and Andrew Brayer). In our third seminar of the term, Dr. Max Roser will speak to the capacity of the web to make large datasets on human development available. Finally, in our last seminar of the term, Dr. Claudia Lopes and Dr. Sharath Srinivasan, will provide a case study in inclusive development through technology, media, and data analysis via Africa’s Voices Foundation.

Each seminar will take place on a Tuesday evening from 16:30 to 18:00 at the Oxford Internet Institute, 1 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3JS.

The schedule for the coming term is, as follows:

26 January 2016: “Big Data, Data Activism, and the Global Civil Society”
Speaker: Professor Stefania Milan
Associate Professor of New Media and Digital Culture, Univ. of Amsterdam
Register interest here!

9 February 2016: “Big Data and Putting the World’s Vulnerable People on the Map”
Speakers: Idriss Ait-Bouziad and Andrew Braye
Missing Maps
Register interest here!

1 March 2016: “Visualising Global Development on an Open-Access Online Publication”
Speaker: Dr. Max Roser
James Martin Fellow, Oxford Martin School
Research Fellow, Institute for New Economic Thinking
Registration details to be posted!

8 March 2016: “Big Data, Human Development and Valuing Voices: Innovation and Ethical Challenges in the Work of Africa’s Voices Foundation”
Speakers: Dr. Claudia Lopes and Dr. Sharath Srinivasan
Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR), University of Cambridge
Register interest here!

This seminar series is organized by the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP), the Department of International Development (ODID) and the Technology & Management for Development Centre (TMD) at the University of Oxford, and co-convened by Dr Iginio Gagliardone and Dr Mark Graham.