The month of September is filled with policy promises from across the political spectrum. Some of these will sound like vote winners, but in reality, not many will have been tested in any meaningful way.
The Home Office this week has opened its process to compensate Windrush applicants who were unable to prove their right to live in the UK.
No one serious currently gathered in Katowice for the climate change summit disagrees with the aim of increasing the use of alternatives to fossil fuel, but the cost of doing so has concentrated minds this week.
In a world in which data is abundant, a new book published this month asks why it is making so little difference to our world view.
The chief executive of Ofcom, Sharon White, has called for new regulated industry standards for content platforms. She makes a sensible case for classifying Facebook et al as publishers pure and simple, and it doesn’t appear from his recent comments that Mark Zuckerberg would offer much resistance to this definition.
Professor Olhede, our colleague and member of the Hemera advisory board, reminds us this week on BBC Radio 4’s Analysis programme, that algorithms have been with us for thousands of years - the difference between ancient and modern mathematics is of course the sheer volume of data available to us now.
The ONS has delivered its most recent official ‘happiness’ data for the year ending last September. It turns out that there are ‘slight improvements’ in all measures of well-being against an otherwise rather gloomy picture of declining consumer confidence.
The ongoing current debate about UK defence spending seems curiously one-dimensional. Opponents of any reductions in expenditure seem unwilling to comprehend how much has changed in modern warfare.
The new editor-in-chief of British Vogue, Edward Enninful, releases his debut issue today amidst much publicity that he is taking the iconic magazine in a very new direction - different looking women, different body shapes, and much more diversity both in respect of culture and socio-economic class.
This month the long awaited NHS Digital Health and Social Care Network goes live, connecting over 50,000 organisations. Will this be the foundation of a more integrated health and social care service across England?