Paris: Paris21 Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (Dicsussion Paper 9)
An ever-deepening ‘data revolution’ is shaping everyday lives in many parts of the world. As just one of many mind - boggling statistics on big data, it has been estimated that by the year 2020, about 1.7 megabytes of new information will be created every second for every human being on the planet. The benefits of the data revolution extend to different groups of people, social movements, institutions and businesses. At the same time, many people and countries do not access these positive benefits, while in richer countries potentially positive changes raise suspicion among citizens as well as concerns related to privacy and confidentiality. To a large extent their availability is guided by levels of development and income. Despite the rapid spread of mobile phone technology, allowing regions otherwise disconnected from the grid to ‘leapfrog’ in terms of using and producing data and statistics, poor people still are less likely to benefit from the dramatic changes in the field of data.