Podcast Editor, Audio Documentary Producer and Writer

Data for Social Good

 

Data for Social Good

 
 

Data is a hot topic. We hear a lot about how it's being gathered and then sold and used for nefarious purposes. We read about how data collecting is used to create targeted political ads that skew debate and create fear. We worry about who's selling our data and whether our governments can keep our data secure.

But there's another friendlier side to data: publicly available data can also be used for social good. In places like Mexico and Palestine and Bahamas, publicly available data is being used to help those who aren't in a position to effect change, whether they be civilians caught in the middle of a civil war, or poor children with no outdoor space to play. Anik explores the world of publicly available data and asks the question: how can we harness the power of data to build a better world?

Produced for CBC Radio’s Ideas.