Policy visions of big data

Autor(en)
Laura C. Mahrenbach, Katja Mayer, Jürgen Pfeffer
Abstrakt

Government intentions stand at the heart of debates about how big data can and should be used in the Global South. This paper provides new insights by examining the political and economic visions promoted by emerging power governments in Brazil, India and China (the BICs). Doing so is crucial as these countries not only comprise some of the world’s largest populations, but have also demonstrated their initiative in national and international promotion of big data politics. Drawing on a content analysis of strategic and legal documents discussing the use of big data, we identify potential areas for big data cooperation among the BICs by determining the compatibility of national policy visions. Three visions are apparent: data as a force for political liberation or repression, for improving public services and for facilitating development. Successful BIC cooperation is likely related to the latter two, but less probable for the liberation/repression vision. We conclude by identifying the implications of BIC engagement with big data for the Global South more broadly.

Organisation(en)
Institut für Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung
Journal
Third World Quarterly
Band
39
Seiten
1861-1882
Anzahl der Seiten
22
ISSN
0143-6597
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2018.1509700
Publikationsdatum
10-2018
Publikationsstatus
Veröffentlicht
Peer-reviewed
Ja
ÖFOS 2012
509017 Wissenschaftsforschung, 504028 Techniksoziologie, 506002 E-Government, 506017 Wissenschafts- und Technologiepolitik
ASJC Scopus Sachgebiete
Development
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