What was banned this week?

6 January 2024 9:00 am


23 September 2023 9:00 am

Within limits Do 20mph speed limits save lives? – A 2018 report by Atkins/AECOM/UCL found that 51% of motorists conformed…


9 September 2023 9:00 am

Pouria Hadjibagheri and the UK’s abandoned open data revolution

2 January 2023 3:42 am

With a new year comes the New Year’s Honours and I’m struck to see an MBE given to Pouria Hadjibagheri. He’s the…

The myth of the typical Brexit voter

5 February 2022 9:00 am

In Jake’s Thing, Kingsley Amis gave it a name: he called it ‘the inverted pyramid of piss’: ‘One of [Geoffrey…

My medical embarrassments are my business and no one else’s

19 June 2021 9:00 am

While we were looking forward to Freedom Day, the National Health Service was busy planning something extra special to coincide…

Delay, data and the need for transparency

18 June 2021 1:20 am

Boris Johnson delayed 21 June, he said, because the data did not merit a full reopening. The specific data government…


The Economist should be more like Walt Whitman

24 July 2020 2:51 am

America is complicated. It’s hard to predict what it’ll do next, despite all the time and money spent observing it.…

The history, power and beauty of infographics

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

on the history, power and beauty of infographics

Data breaches show we’re only three clicks away from anarchy

14 July 2018 9:00 am

An IT glitch afflicting BP petrol stations for three hours last Sunday evening might not sound like headline news. A…

Forget your data – it’s your DNA privacy you should be worried about

12 May 2018 9:00 am

Nearly ten years ago, a lorry driver known only as ‘Michael Harry K’ adopted an extreme response to combating what…

It wasn't just pollsters who were useless in the election; pundits were too

16 May 2015 9:00 am

It takes some agility to shoot yourself in the foot and saw off the branch you’re sitting on, while hoisting…

How ‘data’ became like ‘butter’

3 January 2015 9:00 am

Someone on Radio 4 said she had heard about the sexism of Grand Theft Auto on ‘Women’s Hour’. It is…

Letters: Jeff Jarvis defends internet companies, Royal Society fellows defend Lord Lawson

14 December 2013 9:00 am

A net gain Sir: Jamie Bartlett tries to balance plus and minus, and ends with zero (‘Little Brothers are watching…