“Data literacy” is increasingly presented as a necessary condition and desirable feature of the unfolding ‘data revolution”. Although there is evidently partial truth in these views, what ‘data literacy’ exactly means, entails, and is meant to achieve is often left hanging. "Data literacy” is too often simply defined as “the ability to use data”, while in some cases, being data literate means not using data—for example if it has not been collected ethically. This talk will argue that in the 21th Century being ‘data literate’ will be as much a fundamental human capability as a useful professional skillset, both an enabler and marker of human agency.
Co-Founder & Director
Emmanuel Letouzé is the co-founder and director of the Data-Pop Alliance on Big Data and development, created by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), the MIT Media Lab and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). He is a Visiting Scholar at MIT Media Lab, a Fellow at HHI and a Senior Research Associate at ODI, as well as a PhD candidate (ABD) at UC Berkeley and a Non-Resident Adviser at the International Peace Institute. Emmanuel is the author of UN Global Pulse's White Paper "Big Data for Development" (2012) and the lead author of the 2013 and 2014 OECD Fragile States reports.