Ali Fisher uses data to dispute the claim that ISIS is on the decline.

A look back at which CPD features captured your attention this month.

Ilan Manor responds to a recent article which examined the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy's report on data-driven public diplomacy.

Black, Blue, & Red Graph

Authors Hamilton Bean and Edward Comor try to identify what motivates the search for methods to evaluate public diplomacy.

About 600 experts, representatives of the international development agencies and other stakeholders are to converge on Accra next month to discuss how to fast-track the implementation of an open data system in Africa. The regional conference with support from the global level and the World Bank will among other things discuss the progress and achievements of the open data industry. It has been a platform to raise awareness of and determine the next line of action in the effective implementation of the phenomenon in Africa.

Refugees at the Zaatari Camp in Jordan

Hend Alhannawi on the power of crowdsourced data.

For example, what countries are most active on Twitter?  We’ll start with percapita use.  No, it’s not the U.S.   In fact, the U.S. is in fifth place, trailing among others, Brunei.  (Who knew?)  But for the highest per capita (aka “tweetiest”) country in the world, according to the Northeastern Universityresearchers who compiled the data, that distinction belongs to Kuwait.  Following is the list: Top 10 Twitter countries, per capita use - Kuwait, Netherlands, Brunei, UK, USA, Chile, Ireland, Canada, Sweden, Puerto Rico