Government Doing Good with Social Data

Aaron Rodericks from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development Canada Gives a Pecha Kucha Talk on the Use of Social Data for Social Good in Government

@arodericks from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development Canada Gives a Pecha Kucha Talk on the Use of Social Data for Social Good in Government

When conflicts force Canadian embassies to close and diplomats to leave, Aaron Rodericks combines the fields of data science, open source research, and social data analysis to harness insights and run campaigns for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development in destabilized environments.

One thing that terrifies Aaron to his core revolves around the notion that government organizations around the world are constantly make life altering decisions without referencing social data. In his eyes, the use of social data in government is imperative and can do a great deal of good.

In his job, Aaron is responsible for advocating for programs that use social data to solve demanding issues. One challenge is the ability to clear out all of the noise in order to get to the root of the real issues. Through the creation of innovative programs powered by social data, Aaron and his team have successfully been able create predictive analytics and give a voice to oppressed individuals and bring justice to those who are in need.

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