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Seeking Student Submissions: Big Data

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Posted: January 13, 2014 at 8:05 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The SAIS Review of International Affairs is pleased to announce the theme for the Winter/Spring 2014 issue: Big Data.

Data has become increasingly important in our everyday lives. Governments, private entities, NGOs, and even non-state actors have been using data for numerous reasons: for profit, for marketing, for criminal activity. How have the political science and international relations disciplines changed to become more focused on quantifiable data and statistical analysis?  From indices like Freedom House’s democracy index, to remittance information published by the World Bank, how do organizations collect this data? Is our data safe, and what restrictions are being put on its use? What is the future of the “leak,” and how do we foresee it being used in the future?  This issue will examine the importance of data as a policy tool and in shaping policy decisions.

SAIS Review is currently soliciting student submissions for this issue. Please note that submission does not guarantee publication.

Eligibility requirements: must be a SAIS student or recent graduate.

Length requirements: Pieces can range from 3000-5000 words, on any topic related to the theme.

For more information, and to submit pieces, please contact sais.review@gmail.com.

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