The mobile industry is harnessing big data to help public agencies and NGOs tackle epidemics, natural disasters and environmental pollution.

To respond effectively and efficiently to the spread of infectious diseases, pollution, earthquakes and other disasters, governments and NGOs need to know where the impacted people are, in which direction they are moving and how the environment is changing. Mobile operators can help provide that information, while respecting individuals’ privacy and safeguarding personal data. Through the GSMA, mobile operators are establishing a common framework and ecosystem approach that can support strategic planning, decision-making and support preparedness and response to help people recover from a disaster, contain an epidemic and contend with environmental pollution.

Backed by 20 operators accounting for over two billion connections in over 100 countries, the GSMA’s Big Data for Social Good initiative is developing a consistent approach and processes mobile operators can use to share insights with public agencies and NGOs, while building an ecosystem to support timely planning and response.

GSMA Big Data for Social Good overview flyer
GSMA Big Data for Social Good: Overview
Telefonica and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) case study: Building communities resilient to climate extremes
Case Study - Helping end Tuberculosis in India by 2025

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Our participants provide guidance and shared learnings, as well as coordination among operators and the broader ecosystem.

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