Fake news, post truth, mistrust of experts... a familiar roll call of anxieties – or perhaps clichés – about our data rich world. They point to an underlying fear that in this data abundant age the bad data drives out the good and we are left with a broken public discourse.
The UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) is the champion of statistics and data serving the public good – to allow the good data to shine out and be used, appropriately and with confidence, to inform the public. As a topical example, the UKSA as a body criticised Boris Johnson for a 'clear misuse of official statistics' in the claim that the UK could take back control of £350m per week after leaving the EU. In this KSS talk, Ed Humpherson, Director General for Regulation at the UKSA, discusses the UKSA’s role in this data rich environment and highlights the central role of trustworthiness.
Speaker: Ed Humpherson (Director General for Regulation at the UK Statistics Authority)
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