Avoiding the Pitfalls of 'Regretful Tuesday' Following a Weekend of Frenzied Sales

Henning Ogberg | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Tech
Henning Ogberg

Joining the likes of Barbie and Beyoncé, the hamburger and powered flight, it seems that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two more American imports that have taken up a permanent berth in the British consciousness.

The Battle Against Cybercrime Continues

David Emm | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Tech
David Emm

Such high-profile attacks make it clear that hackers are continually looking for new ways to conduct cybercrime, based on society's ever-growing dependence on the Internet. The vulnerability of confidential information only amplifies the threat.

A Data Revolution - Thwarted?

Dan Corry | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Tech
Dan Corry

You might think that, with money tight, Whitehall would be interested in anything that helps the government do more with the resources they already have. That Ministers would jump at initiatives which will let them spend their money a bit better, on things that are tested and proven to work.

Using Data to Keep the Well From Going Dry - How Data Analysis Can Combat Some of the World's Biggest Issues

Sean Farrington | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Tech
Sean Farrington

It is obvious, we clearly can't go on without resolving this issue; even if it doesn't affect us today, it soon will. Here's where data analysis can play a really important role - and help in the way it helps us in our working and personal lives - to give insights into what exactly is happening so that we can improve the situation.

Selective Tracking of SDGs Will Leave People Behind

Sarah K Edwards | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK
Sarah K Edwards

This week there's plenty of talk about data. Tuesday 20 October marked World Statistics Day, Saturday 24 October is World Development Information Day,...

The Bombing of Safe Harbour: What Now for Data Transfers to the US?

Andrew Tibber | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Tech
Andrew Tibber

The Safe Harbour decision was adopted by the European Commission on 26 July 2000. It recognised that US companies could ensure an "adequate level of protection" for data transferred from the European Community to the US by self-certifying to adherence to Safe Harbour Privacy Principles issued by the US Department of Commerce.

Putting Security at the Heart of 'Smart Cities'

Gary Newe | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Tech
Gary Newe

The phrase "Cities of the Future" conjures up so many different images, from the utopia of The Jetsons to the dystopia of Judge Dredd. But one thing that most agree on is the connected nature of our cities, with every aspect of life being connected to the internet, machines communicating with machines and with us.

Data Is a God-Like Power - And Our Political Parties Are Taking Note

Joseph Musgrave | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK Politics
Joseph Musgrave

Using all this data brings a myriad of implications, not least the increasing atomisation of voters by political parties. We have already briefly explored this. What I didn't mention was how Obama's operation would send door knockers to specific doors as the data they gathered told them how many people in a given street they needed to convince.

Living Dangerously in the Age of Data

Mike Weston | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK Tech
Mike Weston

At the moment, any company can get hacked at any time. So it is moot whether moral or legal responsibility to protect data ultimately lies with a business. Once your data has been stolen, there's little recourse - it's going to be very inconvenient for you.

The Shame Economy: Why Revenge Porn and the Ashley Madison Hack Should Matter to Everyone

Philip Ellis | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK Tech
Philip Ellis

This behaviour, now illegal in the UK and across 23 states in the US, has spawned an entire industry. Revenge porn websites generate upwards of $50,000 in advertising revenue each month, with some even charging victims a fee to remove photos.

Staff Reductions on the Horizon: Charting Civil Service Staff Numbers

Gavin Freeguard | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Freeguard

One of the visual challenges we face on Whitehall Monitor is having to chart a large number of departments - at least 16, depending on the data. That...

Wearable Technology Is Getting Smarter, But Is It Secure?

David Emm | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Tech
David Emm

There's no doubt that wearable technologies have the power to enrich our lives and transform the way we interact digitally. With continuous development and gaining market penetration, the future undoubtedly looks bright for wearable devices. However, while devices are getting smarter, it does not necessarily mean they are secure.

The Data Behind Cameron's Radicalisation Plan: It Doesn't Add Up

Ismail Jeilani | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Politics
Ismail Jeilani

David Cameron recently announced his 5 year plan to tackle radicalisation. I am concerned at the inconsistency in logic and the lack of data behind...

The Generations of the UK

Alasdair Rae | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Tech
Alasdair Rae

Numbers and statistics can be used to produce interesting maps and charts but, much more importantly, they can help us understand current and future policy problems. That's the real message here.

How Charities Are Using Data to Make Big Changes

Carlos Miranda | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Tech
Carlos Miranda

Blindly investing time and money into adopting these new technologies can be just as risky as not investing in them at all. There's no one-size-fits-all model, and charities should not be making these difficult decisions in the dark. So how can charities know which changes to make to ensure digital fundraising success for their organisations?

When Online Security Conflicts With Online Scrutiny, Is Security the Loser?

Susan Hall | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Tech
Susan Hall

Communications data includes data about who people communicate with, how and when they do so, how long conversations last. However, the new proposals are likely to go further than previous attempts, by requiring compilation and retention of web-logs and browser histories and, crucially, by forcing decryption of encrypted communications.

How Should the Pay Gap Be Published?

Jeni Tennison | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Tech
Jeni Tennison

It is reported that David Cameron is planning to enforce the publication of average male and female pay for firms with over 250 employees. To increase accountability and to enable government to monitor the effect of their policy, this pay gap should be published as open data.

London: The Supernova City

Alasdair Rae | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Tech
Alasdair Rae

These images are based on commuting data released earlier this year by the Office for National Statistics and show the commuting links between different cities in London and the south east. The point here is that, seen in this way, London is very much the 'mega city' depicted by the late urbanist Sir Peter Hall in his study of urban mega city regions of Europe.

Crime Surveys Are Masking the Scale of Domestic Violence - And the Numbers Matter

Sandra Horley CBE | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK
Sandra Horley CBE

The numbers matter. Without clear and accurate data, women's experiences of violence are written out of the story on British crime, and policy decisions on how to respond to domestic violence are made based on only half of the picture. How do we develop appropriate and effective responses to a crime we do not fully understand? We need to get to the bottom of why in 2015 thousands of women and children are still being traumatised and brutalised in their own homes. We need to understand why women and children are still being killed and killing themselves to escape domestic violence.

Data Centres: The Backbone of Your Favourite Technology

Roger Keenan | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Tech
Roger Keenan

In the modern world, technology never stops evolving and the rate of change seems to be increasing. Ten years ago YouTube was in its infancy, yet now your favourite films and TV shows can be streamed at the click of a button.

Working, and Thriving, in a Digital World

Neil Davidson | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK Tech
Neil Davidson

There is a direct link between capturing time and expenses in a mobile device and profitability. The ability to capture hours in an app drives greater accuracy and more billable hours, ensuring fewer write-offs. The result? A faster work-to-cash process and considerable bottom line savings.

Technology and the UK Elections

Adam Fisch | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Tech
Adam Fisch

Each party has to a greater or lesser degree included some mention of technology in their manifestos, but not enough focus has been applied and there are and will be issues the next government will have to address.

Who is Responsible for Protecting Your Personal Data Online?

Catalin Cosoi | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK Tech
Catalin Cosoi

An overwhelming majority of British adults are now concerned about the online security of their private information, the threats posed by hackers and the possibility of unauthorised access to their data. This was the key finding of recent YouGov research in the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks.

Understanding and Targeting the 'Always On' Consumer

Donald Hamilton | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK
Donald Hamilton

We live in a world where the consumer is 'always on'. The proliferation of hand-held devices and increasing availability of 4G have super-charged the mobile market. We now have a constant prime time environment where the consumer chooses when and where to digest content...

Big Data 2.0

David Richards | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK Tech
David Richards

While the focus has largely been on big data's promise, less attention has been paid to how companies should go about putting it into practice - because although the majority appreciates its potential, it's a minority that fully understands how to roll out the technology.