22 April 2022
The Easter break means fewer links, so this week’s Warning: Graphic Content is shorter than usual (some might even say of an actually readable length).
So let’s get straight to it — after a few bits and pieces:
- Data Bites will be a cyber/defence special on Wednesday 4 May — come and join us.
- I’m helping the Royal Statistical Society with their second Covid evidence session on 3 May, exploring what statistical resources were available to government during the pandemic — join us online or in person.
- You still have a couple of days to apply to join mySociety’s TICTeC Action Lab (aka working group) on helping global civic tech access quality information — more here.
- The first Orwell Festival of Political Writing is taking place in June and July — more details here.
- I spoke to the Global Government Forum about what civil servants need to know about AI — good timing given my recent report for the ODI on data literacy.
- My choir, the New Tottenham Singers, are performing our delayed tenth anniversary concert on 18 June, with some Mozart, Parry, Vaughan Williams and a world premiere — buy tickets, or donate, here.
- I had a quick Twitter rant about government open data publication slipping backwards — and couldn’t resist jumping on a Macron meme.
- The World Snooker Championship is underway, so here’s my attempt at some snooker dataviz from a few years ago.
And aside from the shameless plugs:
- A few weeks ago, there were various links on the difficulties of using parliament’s register of financial interests. There may be some progress.
- If you enjoyed the Gender Pay Gap bot (which used open data to highlight the gender pay gap of those organisations tweeting about International Women’s Day), you may also enjoy Net Zero Check today, which is Earth Day.
- And it looks like those of us in the UK have a new Data Protection Bill to look forward to. Good luck, everyone.
Have a good weekend
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- Nearly half of Mariupol has suffered grave damage* (The Economist)
- UNDER FIRE: Civilian lives destroyed by the conflict (CW: graphic images, Reuters)
- How cartographers track and map Russia’s war in Ukraine* (The Economist)
- Can the EU wean itself off Russian gas?* (FT)
- Energiemonitor: Teuer, klimaschädlich und abhängig von Russland (Zeit Online)
- India is cutting back its reliance on Russian arms* (The Economist)
- Americans shrug off latest rise in Covid cases* (FT)
- How Safe Are You From Covid When You Fly?* (New York Times)
- How China’s Sinovac compares with BioNTech’s mRNA vaccine* (The Economist)
Climate of fear
- Can you reach net zero by 2050? (FT)
- How we made the FT Climate Game (FT)
- Your Questions About Food and Climate Change, Answered* (New York Times)
- Climate graphic of the week: plant-based food boost not enough to tackle global warming, study says* (FT)
- Joining up: The role of local government and citizens in climate action (mySociety)
- Why fossil fuel demand is set to plummet* (New Statesman)
- Baby bust: Can policymakers boost dwindling world fertility rates?* (FT)
- Baby bust: economic stimulus helps births rebound from pandemic* (FT)
- Baby bust: Pandemic accelerates fall in China’s birth rate* (FT)
- Census unearthed: Population, widows and orphans in 1921 (ONS)
- The UK is once again the sick man of Europe* (New Statesman)
- NHS waiting list: Number of people waiting more than a year for treatment almost 200 times higher than pre-pandemic (Sky News)
- Rees-Mogg’s office return demand could undermine civil service tech recruitment (Tech Monitor)
- Number of vacant NHS hospital beds falls to lowest level since start of pandemic* (FT)
- Is Marcus Rashford working class? The answer depends on your age* (New Statesman)
- The Tech Bubble That Never Burst* (New York Times)
- New York is experiencing a grim increase in violence* (The Economist)
- How Democracies Spy on Their Citizens* (New Yorker)
- UK Government Officials Infected with Pegasus (The Citizen Lab)
- No 10 suspected of being target of NSO spyware attack, Boris Johnson ‘told’ (The Guardian)
A farewell to harms
- Happy #OnlineSafetyBill Second Reading day (Maeve Walsh)
- We’re ready to make Britain the safest place for children online* (Nadine Dorries and Rachel de Souza for Telegraph)
- With the Online Safety Bill, Britain is going from Nanny State to Granny State (CapX)
- EU to unveil landmark law to force Big Tech to police illegal content* (FT)
AI got ‘rithm
- Artificial intelligence is creating a new colonial world order (MIT Technology Review)
- Of ‘Algospeak’ and the Crudeness of Automated Moderation (OneZero)
- U.S. Department of Commerce Appoints 27 Members to National AI Advisory Committee (U.S. Department of Commerce)
- On NYT Magazine on AI: Resist the Urge to be Impressed (Emily M. Bender)
- AI intelligence: equipping public and civil service leaders with the skills to embrace emerging technologies (Global Government Forum)
- New Normal: “Cringe” is an instrument of algorithmically managed social control (Real Life)
- Citizens’ Jury on QCovid: Report on the jury’s conclusions and key findings (Scottish Government, Ipsos MORI)
- How to improve contact tracing apps for future public health crises (Ada Lovelace Institute)
- Court judgments made accessible to all at The National Archives (MoJ, HMCTS, National Archives)
- Progress In The Open Government National Action Plan (Spend Network)
- Palantir Hires AI Chief From U.K.’s NHS as It Bids to Expand* (Bloomberg)
- Times they are a-changing: and with them, two key ONS surveys (ONS)
- MoJ launches digital service for citizens to request info held on them (Public Technology)
- Distractions plague UK’s post-Brexit tech plan (Politico)
- A Door-to-Door Effort to Find Out Who Died Helps Low-Income Countries Aid the Living* (New York Times)
- Generation VR (The Institution of Engineering and Technology)
- EVENT: Data Bites #29: Getting things done with data in government (IfG)
- EVENT: Launch of the Global Data Barometer (Global Data Barometer)
- JOB: Director of Digital, Technology & Innovation Chief Digital Officer for Health and Care (Welsh Government)
- JOB: Analyst Role in the Better Outcomes through Linked Data (BOLD) Programme (MoJ)
- JOB: Data strategy roles in the MoJ’s Data Innovation & Business Analysis Hub (MoJ)
- JOB: Lead Data Scientist (DWP)
- I brought my childhood imaginary friend back to life using A.I. (Lucas Rizzotto)
- Are You The Asshole? (WTTDOTM, Alex Petros, Digital Void)