Big Data and International Politics

In: Baltic Yearbook of International Law Online
Juan Luis Manfredi Sánchez
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Big Data is a transformational avalanche of data-encompassing ideas, activities, standards, social behaviours and customs, plus related devices and platforms. This new environment changes the nature of public policies and decision-making. Big Data in International Politics refers to the intelligence provided to improve processes and results in world affairs. Applications and databases have become sources of authority at a moment when expert knowledge is under suspicion. Without data, decisions are less transparent and tend to be arbitrary. However, automation has also favoured the dissemination of propaganda. International Politics for Big Data promotes governance bringing together both political and technical aspects. Privacy, and Human Rights, and discourse on the common good appear as universal values. Big Data for International Politics is devoted to improving relations among international actors. The work agenda includes the refugee issue, global public health and combating climate change, an expression of humanitarian innovation and conflict prevention. Finally, the article refers to two unsettled issues: 1) the value of forecasts based on previous behaviours in a growing environment of complexity and 2) data politics, the political nature of data collection and its bias.

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