28. January 2019 - 13:00 till 14:00
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Will statistics get caught out by a data backlash? | Boyd Orr Building, University of Glasgow | Monday, 28. January 2019

Data used to be the province of statisticians and researchers. But now it has exploded into public consciousness. Large technology companies make money from data. Scandals such as Cambridge Analytica destroy public trust. Algorithms and artificial intelligence are starting to be deployed in a wide range of ways, leading to public concerns including about privacy, bias and accountability. And there is also a crisis of faith around notions of misinformation, as summed up in terms such as ‘post-truth’ and ‘fake news’.
 Statisticians can’t quietly carry on without engaging in these issues. There is a risk that we may see a data backlash, affecting the work of many statisticians. Come and hear from Hetan Shah, executive director of the Royal Statistical Society about the issues in the wider data landscape, and how the RSS is responding. It will be an informal event, with plenty of time for discussion. Feel free to bring your lunch with you.