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In this blog DDI intern Lucia Mackenzie describes her time with us this summer.  I was originally drawn to the Data Driven Innovation programme in February 2020 by the scope of the work being done in collaboration with such a wide variety of sectors and academic disciplines. As a student of Politics with Quantitative Methods, to…

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It’s a fundamental question for our times; what are the major impacts of the enormous consumption of emerging technologies on human beings and their character? Professor Shannon Vallor, Baillie Gifford Chair of Data and AI Ethics at the University of Edinburgh, says those impacts have been diverse – but damaging overall.   “Positive impacts include…

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The West has a lot to learn from other parts of the world in responding to pandemics – and attitudes to data and government play a big part, says Rainer Kattel, Deputy Director and Professor of Innovation and Public Governance at the UCL Listen to our podcast with Rainer here. Vietnam has a population of…

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How can we fuse technology and ethics to create the kind of future we want? Professor Shannon Vallor, Director of the Centre for Technomoral Futures in Edinburgh, talks to us about why we must act urgently. Listen to our podcast with Shannon here.   Every day, we all make a multitude of instant and often…

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Writer and broadcaster Jamie Bartlett speaks to us about how data is set to play a bigger role than ever in targeting voters in the 2020 US presidential campaign and the difficult position of big tech companies Listen to our podcast with Jamie here. We are often told that the pace of technological change has…

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Albert King was appointed Chief Data Officer (CDO) for Scotland during the early stages of the Covid-19 crisis. We caught up with Albert to find out how he feels Scotland’s public sector has managed the huge data challenges posed by the pandemic. Listen to our podcast with Albert here. What main data challenges were presented…

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MIT’s Alex Pentland speaks to us about the importance of ‘neighbourhood data’ in tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges – and why we need data unions Listen to the DDI Podcast with Alex Pentland here.  #DDIdiscussions Alex Pentland was once named one of the seven most influential data scientists in the world. Five years…

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In this blog Anna Scott, Project Delivery Manager – Data Skills for Work (DDI Skills Gateway) discusses how we don’t all need to be data scientists, but we do all need data skills to prepare for the jobs of the future, now more than ever. That’s where the City Region Deal’s key strand Data-Driven Innovation…

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John Frank is Chair of Public Health Research and Policy at the University of Edinburgh and leads a project within the Data for Children Collaborative with UNICEF aiming to predict obesity in Scottish children.   What is the aim of your project? We’re aiming to find out if we can identify children who will be…

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