Can Big Data Help Government Do Better? This Foundation Thinks So

As we’ve often discussed, philanthropy has been investing heavily in big data over the last year or two, and why not? Everyone’s investing in big data, hoping to glean real insight from the mountains of information constantly accumulating in our digital world. Much of the trailblazing is, of course, by profit-seeking corporations like Amazon or Walmart, as they look for more efficient ways to run their companies and sell products. Often cited to illustrate the capability of data science is the story of how retailer Target deduced that a teenage customer was pregnant based on a few not obviously baby-related purchases. And since last year, funders have granted millions to academia for every area of research in data science. Not just the hard sciences, but researchers in the social sciences,…


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