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Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

The big data opportunity

Chris Yiu is Head of the Digital Government Unit at the think tank Policy Exchange, and author of its recent report 'The Big Data Opportunity'. Follow Chris on Twitter: @PXDigitalGov Getting to grips with data and analytics could revolutionise the business of government, but presents challenges as well as opportunities. Recent research from Policy Exchange points a way forward. The modern world generates a staggering quantity of data, and the business of government is no exception. Extraordinary quantities of data…
Friday, 06 July 2012 00:00

Africa gives

Onyekachi Wambu is Director of Policy for the African Foundation for Development UK. Follow Onyekachi on Twitter: @AFFORD_UK Listen to Bright Blue blog editor Jonathan Algar in conversation with Onyekachi at the Royal Institute of International Affairs:
 
Africa is experiencing positive economic growth and social change and the whole world is yet again looking at ways of benefiting from Africa’s wealth. AFFORD believes that it is especially important for young Africans in the diaspora to engage with the fast…
Friday, 29 June 2012 00:00

The 21st Century public sphere?

Bianca Brigitte Bonomi is the Head of Press Relations for HTLGI Festival. Follow Bianca on Twitter: @HTLGIFestival One of the hallmarks of an enlightened, civilised society as postulated by thinkers such as Habermas, was the construction of a public sphere; a venue for free debate. The existence of agoras, speakers corners etc. have historically been to stimulate public discussion on philosophical and political issues. Yet as Michael Sandel recently noted, the evolution of market economy to market society over the…
Alison Garnham is Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group. Follow Alison on Twitter: @cpaguk It’s been quite a week for child poverty. On Tuesday, Child Poverty Action Group published a report Ending Child Poverty by 2020 in which experts across income, work and services to give their verdict on progress so far and the conclusions that can be drawn for the road ahead. On Thursday, new official statistics revealed that the last government halved absolute poverty but missed its…
Friday, 25 May 2012 00:00

Bank Reforms must help new players

Sam Gyimah is the Member of Parliament for East Surrey. Follow Sam on Twitter: @SamGyimah Growth is the defining challenge for the remainder of this parliament. As most people in business know, growth will come when businesses have the confidence and the finance to invest, expand and hire more people. But access to finance, and debt finance in particular, remains a serious challenge for businesses since the crisis hit in 2008. Solving this problem is crucial if we are to…
Simon Chouffot is UK spokesman for the Robin Hood Tax campaign. Follow Simon on Twitter: @schouffot The Robin Hood Tax campaign for a Financial Transactions Tax is a bit of a global phenomenon. Two years ago we began to suspect we were onto a winner when Bill Nighy helped us launch the campaign and the website flooded with support, but now our roll call of support is pretty impressive by anyone’s standards: Nobel Prize winners Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman,…
Henry Morris is the founder of upReach. Follow Upreach on Twitter: @up_reach Earlier this week, Michael Gove highlighted the “morally indefensible” domination of people who attended private schools in all aspects of society – from law to entertainment and sport. In the speech he emotively described how the issue of under-achievement continues to be overlooked and his own passion for positive change. Rather than just private school representation though, perhaps what Mr. Gove was trying to highlight is the lack…
Friday, 04 May 2012 00:00

The real story of integration

Will Somerville is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Migration Policy Institute. Follow Will on Twitter: @MigrationPolicy In Europe, publicly worrying about immigrant integration is a vote winner. The Fascist Golden Dawn in Greece threatens a May electoral breakthrough on the back of accusations that immigrants are violent and hurt a cohesive Greek nation. Meanwhile, Marine Le Pen claims she is the political centre of gravity in the French Presidential Election as Hollande and Sarkozy traded barbs on halal and…
Emily Shipp is Shelter's UK Campaigns Officer. Follow Emily on twitter: @shippsails There are a number of things our London politicians like to talk about: themselves (most of them), their hair (Boris), the 80s (Ken) and being in the police once upon a time (Brian). In the debates thus far, they have delivered their prepared lines on all the ways in which living in our city must be made safer – rioting, knife crime, antisocial behaviour, terrorism – and all…
Friday, 20 April 2012 00:00

How best to give

Katy Wright is Oxfam's UK Advocacy and Parliamentary Officer. Follow Katy on twitter: @katywright In the midst of debates over philanthropy versus tax, the launch of Big Society Capital this week was presented as a "third pillar" of finance for social impact, alongside philanthropy and the state. Initially capitalised from dormant bank accounts it will channel money into social enterprises and community groups "to blend financial return with social impact". With £600 million to play with, this fund could be…

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