How to stop bad data driving out the good in an age of misuse

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Chancellors' Building 1.10

University of Bath

Claverton Down

Bath

BA2 7AY

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IPR Public Lecture: Listen to Ed Humpherson discuss the use of data in an age of misuse, misleadingness and misinformation.

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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 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.

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Ed Humpherson is Director General for Regulation at the UK Statistics Authority and head of its Office for Statistics Regulation. Ed Humpherson took up post in January 2014. He led the creation of the Office for Statistics Regulation in November 2016 and launched a new Code of Practice for Statistics in February 2018. He is responsible for making judgements on the appropriate use of statistics and data on a range of sensitive issues, including the economy, health and social care, crime and housing.

Prior to joining the Authority, Ed was a Board Member and Executive Leader for Economic Affairs at the National Audit Office, a post he held since July 2009. This role included responsibility for the overall strategic direction of NAO’s work on economic affairs, amongst other previous responsibilities, Ed oversaw the NAO’s response to the recent financial crisis through building capability in capital markets and financial services work. He also coordinated the NAO’s programme of work on the administration of the tax system and the welfare system; and led the NAO’s work on public private partnerships and major infrastructure developments, including in transport and energy.

Ed Humpherson was educated at the University of Edinburgh where he obtained a first-class MA honours degree in Politics and Economic History. He is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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Chancellors' Building 1.10

University of Bath

Claverton Down

Bath

BA2 7AY

United Kingdom

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