Richard Sennett, interviewed by Tim Black (“The Intimate Lives of Others,” Spiked, January 2016)
To celebrate its 90th, PublicisGroupe has launched Publicis90, a global start-up initiative aimed at selecting 90 promising startups or projects in the digital field from around the world to mentor and fund
New Zealand plans to give everyone a ‘citizen’s wage’ and scrap benefits Independent
"Should All Research Papers Be Free?" Kate Murphy has this news analysis in the Sunday Review section of today's edition of The New York Times.
Using data to drive business intelligence
Huffington Post, 10/2/16. A Penn State study found that they could use Twitter data to predict the likelihood that someone would enrol on Obamacare, whilst another trawled social media to predict when someone might be tempted to join IS. This kind of behavioural analysis has been available after Twitter opened up its data pipe to researchers via projects such as Gnip, which is an open source repository for social data
Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences 213 ( 2015 ) 383 – 389. The theoretical research analyzes the interaction between the taxpayer behavior and their social status, and not only individual motivations reasons to explain the level of tax evasion.
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Imagine a federal election where you could swap the school hall for a ballot booth at your local pub or snag a free burger just for showing up to vote. These are proposals that have been considered by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) in an internal report obtained by the ABC Voting in pubs, free burgers, troll mascot among changes proposed to get people to the polls
“Seven steps to ensure you become overregulated” include “#1 – Be Successful.” [Mark Jamison, Tech Policy Daily]
ATO: Thank you Australia, we received nearly 1,000 responses to our Digital by default Consultation Paper to guide our next steps in going digital. We’ve heard what you had to say on our proposed digital changes. Have a look at the results in our Digital by Default Findings report.
Business Insider, 11/3/16. After NPR mentioned the magic wake word on the air during the program, some Echo owners said that their gadgets began behaving strangely. Welcome to the future.
Also: New Amazon ‘Tap’ and ‘Echo Dot’ Gadgets Unleash Alexa on the World
How Did This Happen? New York Review of Books. One caveat: political scientist Tom Ferguson says the “gerrymandering greatly favors Republicans” meme is incorrect, it only mildly favors Republicans. The Dems lost many seats in 2010 by two points or less, and better management of the economy could easily have turned many votes around.
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Robots are better investors than people Financial Times. By the same logic, I would assume robots are better central bankers than central bankers….
Dr Krikorian and colleagues reported in 2010 that blueberries may improve memory in older people. High levels of anthocyanin
One of the few naturally blue-hued foods humans eat, blueberries are packed with antioxidant power, which comes from high levels of anthocyanins, a type of flavonoid or plant compound. They also contain significant amounts of micronutrients and fibre Blueberries may help prevent Alzheimer's, researchers say
Professional Planner, 4/3/16. It will not be long before CPA Australia, the body that represents some 150,000 accountants in Australia, reveals more details of its keenly anticipated foray into financial planning. This is a potential game-changer for financial advice in Australia, if the association gets it right, and the industry’s incumbents would be well-advised themselves to sit up and take close notice of what it’s doing.
The Mandarin, 7/3/16. The backbone of any new ID regime has to be government led. And that may be part of the problem. Already the bigger players — the Department of Human Services, the Australian Taxation Office, Medicare, Australia Post, the NSW government — are pushing their own strategies and solutions. Without a strong, centrally driven or at least highly co-ordinated approach, there is a high risk of agency turf wars stymieing and stalling the adoption of a national system everyone buys into.
EXCLUSIVE: HMRC consultations on digital tax plans include questions around stock takes, adjustments and data pre-population
CCH Daily, 7/3/16. In an exclusive interview Theresa Middleton, HMRC director of Business Customer and Strategy, told Accountancy the question would be raised in several consultations which will be issued after the Budget, to take on board the views of businesses and individuals who would use the digital tax accounts and would be scooped up into mandatory quarterly reporting requirements.
MIT Built a Donald Trump AI Twitter Bot that Sounds Scarily Like Him
NextGov, 7/3/16. A researcher at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence lab has trained a neural network—a learning AI system modeled after the structure of the human brain that can be taught to find patterns in information on its own—to create sentences based on Donald Trump’s victory speeches in the presidential primary elections
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U.S. Secret Service: Data Analyses Could Better Inform the Domestic Field Office Structure, GAO-16-288: Published: Feb 10, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 2016
“There Is Regulatory Capture, But It Is By No Means Complete” ProMarket