21 Nov 2014: peace informatics lab at united nations in new york
On Friday 21 November, Campus The Hague co-hosted a panel session on Big Data at the UN Headquarters in New York, in cooperation with the Netherlands Permanent Representation to the United Nations. Because of Big Data we see a fundamental change in how we can measure progress in international development. These innovations can be useful for the UN's new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will be signed by world leaders in 2016.
The panel speakers addressed both opportunities and risks that are involved when using these new data sources. In his speech, Dr. Ulrich Mans from Leiden's Centre for Innovation (Peace Informatics Lab) emphasised that there is a need to invest in additional data streams from civic organisations that can complement those from authorities and private sector. Campus The Hague is now involved in coordinating the next steps that are needed to follow up on the ideas presented during the panel session.