Google recently invited me to write up 500 words for their Policy by the Numbers blog on big data and peacebuilding, taking points and examples from a much longer paper I wrote recently (A brief exploration of Open and Big Data: From investigative journalism to humanitarian aid and peacebuilding).
My submission is now live on Google’s blog. As I note after a very limited snapshot of some data driven examples of peacebuilding,
All of these early examples hint at data’s potential to meaningfully impact the domain of peacebuilding and peacekeeping, but we cannot simply assume that predictive modeling, random sampling, and other “Big Data” applications are automatic, easy solutions. Figuring out how to effectively leverage massive amounts of data to save lives and build peace is going to be a challenge—but it is one worth taking on.