Ethics + tech

Thoughts from the Good tech conference in held in Brighton, 19th Nov 2018 Mapping company ownership Sam Leon and I spoke about the DataKind + Global Witness project using network graphs to map corporate control. This research exposed the substantial degree of law-breaking in company filings. For more about this project, read Sam’s blogpost. Mapping corporate…

Public policy for gender equality: 8 practical steps

Photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash There is a lot that Government can do to help us become an equal nation. But they’re not the only ones. This post looks at the practical steps each of us can take to get closer to gender equality. It follow-ups my previous post, Public policy for gender equality: the to-do list Eight…

Public policy for gender equality: the to-do list

This post is based on a talk I gave at the Women’s Equality Party conference entitled Parity Begins at Home? in September 2018 Moving towards equality is a challenge from a public policy perspective not least because it relies on changing the way people think. Government isn’t very good at that. But structural changes can help, by nudging away from…

Reflections on a DataDive

“I made a graph!” someone announces from the front of the room. The crowd cheers. Welcome to a DataDive. There are around 90 volunteers in the room. Most are from the ONS or the University of Southampton’s Astrophysics department,  both of whom partnered with DataKind to put on the DataDive. The volunteers have self-selected into two teams. On the left hand side, with red…

Mastering data for good

As fun as it looks, I don’t aspire to be a data journalist. Yet in September last year, I began a Masters in Computational and Data Journalism. I had a career shift in mind, so I quit my job and wrote a (too long) list of things I wanted to learn to prepare me for…

Research resources: International comparisons of childcare policy

This is the second of a series providing resources for childcare research. These blogs are intended for use by those wanting to navigate the evidence base for childcare policy. They point to where research is available, rather than summarising it. Topic #2 is research on international comparisons of childcare policy. OECD The OECD provides the…

Research Resources: Childcare in London

But first… This is the first of a series providing resources for childcare research. These blogs are intended for use by those wanting to navigate the evidence base for childcare policy. They point to where research is available, rather than summarising it. Topic #1 is childcare in London. Childcare in London I explored the challenges…

Fighting corporate corruption with open data

This blog explains how DataKind and Global Witness partnered to build the world’s first network graph mapping corporate control in the UK. In June 2016 the UK government launched a new initiative, a world first: it required companies to register who was actually in control. Recent investigations have added to the case for greater transparency in…

What Women Want

In this blog I will summarise the data analysis undertaken for the What Women Want 2.0 campaign. A lot of great stuff happened on International Women’s day (7th March). Part of the chorus of voices was the What Women Want 2.0 campaign. Over the course of the campaign, over 8,000 women answered the question What do you…

How do I get my organisation to do data science?

So you’re expertly trained in data science, managed to get a great-looking job in your field…. and do basic analytics day to day. Often individuals learn, adapt and innovate quicker than organisations do – so you might find yourself with wicked skills in an organisation that doesn’t know what to do with them. This can…