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.
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.
The chancellor’s announcement of new investment for the NHS in Monday’s budget was both expected and welcomed, but recent comments from Sir Mark Walport are at least as newsworthy.
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.
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 use of analytics by the Philadelphia Eagles helped without question to secure a record win in the Super Bowl game against the New England Patriots on Sunday.
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.
Amidst the psychodrama of this week’s Conservative party conference, one announcement that received scant attention was the PM’s intention to launch a ‘data audit’ on racial disparity.
Remember the Google flu alert which spotted a global trend before any of the medical profession?