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Big Data will help China win

    Wu Guangqiang


    BIG DATA has been one of the hottest buzzwords since META Group (now Gartner) analyst Doug Laney first put forward the concept of Big Data in 2001 and since Gartner updated the definition in 2012 as, “high-volume, high-velocity, and/or high-variety information assets that require new forms of processing to enable enhanced decision-making, insight discovery and process optimization.” Later on, a new V (Veracity) was added to describe another of its features. 

    Yet what exactly fits into the category of Big Data is beyond ordinary minds. A simple analogy may be helpful. For example, a regular movie takes up to about 1 GB (gigabyte); One TB (terabyte) is about one-15th of the total amount of information of all the printed books in U.S. Library of Congress, the world’s largest library; One PB (petabyte) is the total amount of data currently processed by Google every hour. If each person of China’s 1.3 billion population had a 500-page book, the total amount of information would be about 1 EB (exabyte). One ZB (zettabyte) is almost the total amount of information possessed by humankind in 2010. Man has never experienced such “bigness” of information before. 

    Still, many do not think much of the idea, seeing it as a marketing gimmick of IT giants, citing the fact that human societies have been witnessing explosive increases of information since modern times. 

    A careful study, though, shows that the essential difference between the Big Data era and the old eras is how the accumulated data is used. Thanks to new technologies such as cloud computing, data is no longer static or stale. Rather, it becomes raw material for business opportunities, solutions to social issues and even thorny political problems. 

    We have seen numerous instances of business miracles based on Big Data application. Chinese e-business giants Alibaba and Tencent are rapidly reshaping the economic map of the country by exploiting Big Data. By collecting, analyzing and utilizing massive amounts of information (Big Data), goods sales and service provisions are becoming increasingly, individually customized, rapidly enhancing business efficiency. China is emerging as a leader of Big Data application. 

    But I’d rather dwell on the huge potential of Big Data that will continue to bring about fundamental changes in China’s social aspects of life. 

    China is confronting a host of tough challenges, including combating widespread corruption, striving to make the market force a decisive role in resources allocation by reducing unnecessary executive approval procedure and improving administrative efficiency. This will be “mission impossible” without a powerful data network that makes the mammoth administrative machine open and transparent and puts executive operations and official performance under public oversight. 

    Guangdong is making steady headway by exploiting Big Data. On Oct. 17, 2012, Guangdong government opened its Online Service Hall, turning an “8-hour government” to an “around-the-clock government.” Shenzhen, Guangzhou and other cities have taken similar steps. 

    By connecting all governmental agencies into an open and transparent network, every single step of the work procedures of every agency is subject not only to the oversight of higher authorities, but also to public supervision. 

    Under the new system, every agency must release the list of its executive powers, along with deadlines for tasks it is obliged to fulfill. Any item on the list will automatically be regarded as legal for citizens to do regarding business applications and other civil service matters — citizens don’t have to get approval for such matters. The real-time data of each case involving administrative examination and approval will be displayed on the computer screen of the control center as well as online for all to see. Therefore, whichever agency or official is delaying work, everyone will know it. 

    So, administrative power can no longer be used as a rent-seeking means, since the public won’t have to bribe officials to have things done! 

    China has tremendous political and institutional advantages required to build a seamless national Big Data network, which will help create conditions for an innovative nation: clean governance, rule of law, and a just, open and fair market environment.


    (The author is an English tutor and a freelance writer.)

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