Big Data, Big Responsibilities

The controversies surrounding Facebook’s handling of personal data as well as the use of big data and microtargeting techniques in political campaigns are raising eyebrows on both sides of the Atlantic. As technologies and social media continue to evolve, are our best interests being looked after? Bill Below looks at some of the issues.

A nudge in the right direction: applying behavioural insights to public integrity

In the lead-up to the 2018 Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum, to be held on 27-28 March at the OECD, Levke Jessen-Thiessen and Laura McDonald of the Directorate for Public Governance explore how behavioural insights (BI) aims to make the good choice the easy choice when it comes to public integrity. Make the good choice … Continue reading A nudge in the right direction: applying behavioural insights to public integrity

City on the edge: Paris faces yet another major flood

As of this writing, the level of the Seine is on track to match the 2016 highpoint of over six metres, qualifying it as a major flood event. Some media outlets are asking, “Will this be another flood of the century”. Luckily, at least for now, the answer seems to be 'no'. But the bigger question remains: is Paris prepared for such an event? And what measures have been taken since a preparedness assessment was conducted in 2014, now two major floods ago? Charles Baubion and Bill Below discuss the issues and answers.