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Untapped potential: impressions from a communication research conference

1 Tobias Bürger 11 July 2013

Catchwords like Big Data and Social Media really gained momentum at the conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), which took place in London from 17 to 21 June. The conference showed that too little …

Smarter Impact: A new approach to enabling inclusive economic development in the information age

Phil Westcott 1 October 2012

We are living in a time of great opportunity, where information and communications technology is transforming the lives of billions of people living in remote locations. People who were once isolated are now connected in …

Data dividends

Lucy Bernholz 22 August 2012

Have you heard of the design company Threadless? You may know it as a t-shirt company. Or the former home of the Obama campaign’s current CTO, Harper Reed. Or you may never have heard of …

Philanthropy’s data dilemma

3 Bradford Smith and Foundation Center 26 July 2012

When McKinsey & Co. released its seminal study Big Data: The Next Frontier for Innovation, Competition, and Productivity, the firm confidently predicted that the world was ‘on the cusp of a tremendous wave of innovation, …

Achieving impact together: harmony in thought, speech and action

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 25 May 2012

In our work at the Gates Foundation, we are in constant contact with grantees and vendors. We all experience a great sense of urgency given the magnitude of our work, which often leaves little time …