Ethan: many of my colleagues are advocates of an approach to big data that involves getting massive data sets and doing analysis to do novel discovery. Sandy negotiate the release of all the phone data of Côte d'Ivoire for a year, better bus routes were the result. http://www.d4d.orange.com/learn-more
Impressive, but very troubling. People whose data it was did not realise it was being used. Is solution design in lab in Mass really going to work on the ground? May fail for many cultural reasons.