Better access to data can help protect world's populations

Woman using mobile phone

The United Nations says it hopes to use quicker and better access to information in order to protect the world's vulnerable populations.

The initiative is called Global Pulse and it aims to use digital data to better understand the way we live and how global crises impact people.

The initiative was created by the UN Secretary-General in 2009.

Zazie Schafer, Deputy Director of UN Global Pulse, says this information – whether it's using internet to access information or to call a friend – can be used to provide better information in times of need.

"So what we are looking is in this new age of data as people go about their daily lives. They generate a lot of data. They make calls on mobile phones, they search on the internet, the call agriculture hotline, they interact with their friends on Twitter on Facebook…so this generates a lot of data and we are looking at how to harness that data to provide better information on when populations are experiencing stress."

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