Using Big Data to Understand Global Conflict
Kalev Hannes Leetaru, Senior Fellow, Center for Cyber & Homeland Security, George Washington University
Chair: Caroline Baylon, Research Associate in Science, Technology, and Cyber Security, International Security Department, Chatham House
From Islamic State’s march across Iraq to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the clustering of protests and violence in Nigeria, to the next emerging situations, big data is allowing analysts to track conflict globally, in real time. The Global Data on Events Location and Tone (GDELT) project captures over a quarter-billion events in every country, down to the city level in realtime from 1979 to the last 15 minutes, across 100 languages, and with daily updates of 300,000 events a day, along with the emotions and narratives of the global reaction to them. GDELT’s founder, Kalev Leetaru, will discuss the emerging insights it is providing on global society and how big data can be used to forecast future unrest.
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