There are numerous paths that Big Data analytics can offer to the seven billion people around the world. As datasets grow and information moves more fluidly, nations and agencies will quickly follow the example of their private counterparts to incorporate additional large datasets to solve political challenges.
India is currently undertaking the world’s largest and most ambitious national identification initiatives. Providing accurate, detailed and verifiable records on every one of its 1.25 billion people is a massive undertaking for a nation with a GDP of just $6,266 per capita, which is less than half of China’s and 143rd in the word. Projects like these require the most efficient means possible to scale to the country’s massive population, and will need Big Data to effectively route the best means to issue, track, control, and enforce this new identification system. It will also simultaneously provide powerful new datasets for the nation to improve its countless other services and systems for health, water, food, and other needs.
With renewed terrorism concerns, managing a vast amount of territory and natural resources, and growing tensions among neighboring nations, Russia can use Big Data to incorporate numerous solutions for its economic, political, and security needs. Given the nation’s varying cultural realms and opportunities for economic growth, data synthesis might help Russia understand these possibilities and how to maximize their potential. The Russian government has already partnered with local security firms like Kaspersky to better understand how it can leverage its Big Data to catch criminals. The information could help the world’s largest nation better understand its geographic boundaries, both culturally and economically, in order to better serve its citizens and mitigate security risks. Nations around the world are already seeing Big Data as a powerful asset in doing business and serving billions of citizens. Whether it’s for the global good or to support local agendas, here are five nations that have a lot to gain from Big Data as new datasets and solutions emerge.
The United States
The United States Executive Branch has already expressed a keen interest in the ways that Big Data can fuel innovations, offer new problem solving techniques, and better incorporate the tools at the disposal for one of the world’s economic powerhouses. A 2014 memo to the President of the United States outlines these interests in bringing innovation through Big Data, and in using the nation’s meticulous recordkeeping and powerful datasets to support enterprises and new government initiatives in healthcare delivery, state cultural and economic differences, and improved law enforcement operations.
The United Kingdom
The U.K. remains, like the United States, a highly developed Western nation with countless datasets available to its government. Already, numerous private firms in the U.K. take advantage of Big Data to solve both worldwide and local issues. The British government can also stand to gain from using Big Data to improve its many social services, which encompass nationalized and semi-privatized governmental services--initiatives that are far more supportive than other nations, like the U.S. Already the British Parliament is issuing new findings on how to improve public transit operations with Big Data insights and experiments. Finding even the smallest improvements in these services could bring scalable and impactful savings to millions of citizens.
As a nation home to some of the fastest growing cities in the world, with millions of citizens transitioning from their rural lives as farmers to urban lifestyles and careers, China has bold questions to answer internally as its population grows hungry for metropolitan life. Still, it has to maintain the right scale to accomplish its goals. As it turns out, the United Nations is among the many organizations that support China’s use of Big Data to facilitate its growth, noting the nation’s urban transition and other factors as reasons to consider the popular technology. Therefore it’s easy to see why the national government is implementing data analytics to calculate and determine credit scores and other economic rating systems of citizens as the region rapidly urbanizes. Without this information, China would be unable to effectively leverage its growth and ability to directly control that growth across its provinces.