The inaugural RSS Data Science Ethics Happy Hour

Event report by Giles Pavey, RSS Data Science Section Committee member Wednesday March 17th saw the RSS Data Science Section host its first ‘Ethics Happy Hour’. Events in this new series provide an opportunity to discuss and meet other people interested in questions of AI ethics and data science ethics more broadly. Taking place inContinue reading “The inaugural RSS Data Science Ethics Happy Hour”

Our First Ethics Happy Hour: March 17th, 5-6pm

Ethics Happy Hour on March 17th: “Ethical data science in the context of COVID-19 — What are the most important issues?” We are excited to host our first ‘Ethics Happy Hour’. Events in this new series provide an opportunity to discuss and meet other people interested in questions of AI ethics and data science ethicsContinue reading “Our First Ethics Happy Hour: March 17th, 5-6pm”

March Newsletter

Hi everyone- Another month flies by… At least it’s getting a bit lighter in the mornings and I’ve even seen the sun once or twice. I hope you are staying as sane as possible despite home-schooling, home-working, home-everything else (delete as appropriate…) … perhaps a few curated data science reading materials might lighten the mood?Continue reading “March Newsletter”

Andrew Ng Fireside Chat – Sign Up Now!

We are incredibly honoured and excited to be hosting Andrew Ng for a fireside chat on 10th February at 6.30pm (Sign up here) Many data scientists’ first encounter with Andrew Ng was through his Stanford University machine learning course – which has enrolled almost 4m people! However, some may be unaware that his contribution toContinue reading “Andrew Ng Fireside Chat – Sign Up Now!”

Andrew Ng at the RSS Data Science Section!

We are going to have the great honour of hosting a fireside chat with Andrew Ng in February. The Data Science Section of the Royal Statistical Society have invited Andrew to come and talk to us about how technical people can become leaders in artificial intelligence and data science. Andrew needs little introduction to theContinue reading “Andrew Ng at the RSS Data Science Section!”

November Newsletter

Hi everyone- It’s all go… US Presidential Elections, second waves, third tiers and second lockdowns, all while struggling to maintain some semblance of professionalism for the next Zoom call… Definitely time for ‘self-care’ via some selected data science reading materials! Following is the November edition of our Royal Statistical Society Data Science Section newsletter. HopefullyContinue reading “November Newsletter”

This pandemic belief is mad, bad and dangerous to know

I know reality doesn’t matter anymore. I get that beliefs no longer require an underlying connection to facts about the world. I’ve made my peace with all of that. Because, generally speaking, I don’t care what you think. If you want to believe that 5G towers can spread viruses, be my guest. But a falseContinue reading “This pandemic belief is mad, bad and dangerous to know”

How not to lose 16,000 COVID-19 test results: a data scientist’s view

A critical piece of the UK Test and Trace infrastructure failed hard this week. All contacts of almost 16,000 COVID-19 infected people were allowed to circulate unknowingly for an entire seven days in the community. That’s about 50,000 people. I’m not going to complain about Public Health England (PHE) using excel to merge the testContinue reading “How not to lose 16,000 COVID-19 test results: a data scientist’s view”

October Newsletter

Hi everyone- As the rain pours down it definitely feels like winter has arrived- all the more reason to spend some time indoors huddled up with some good data science reading materials! Following is the October edition of our Royal Statistical Society Data Science Section newsletter. Hopefully some interesting topics and titbits to feed yourContinue reading “October Newsletter”

Lessons on Algorithm ethics from UK Exam algorithm story

This document chronicles the recent controversy surrounding the UK exams fiasco where an algorithmic approach was rejected and demonstrates areas where those building and deploying models must be vigilant and have training, process and governance in placeGiles Pavey – September 2021 Background In March 2020, the UK Government made the significant policy in response toContinue reading “Lessons on Algorithm ethics from UK Exam algorithm story”

Ethics Happy Hours

Announcing our new Data Science Section Initiative: Share and discuss ethical challenges encountered in your professional life during Ethics Happy Hours Ethical questions are ubiquitous in pursuing real-world data science projects. During the Covid-19 crisis, controversies around the design of contact tracing apps or the moderation of GCSE and A-level results have recently served asContinue reading “Ethics Happy Hours”

September Newsletter

Hi everyone- Another month flies by… hard to believe summer is technically over although the coldest August UK bank holiday on record is one way to drive home the point! Following is the September edition of our Royal Statistical Society Data Science Section newsletter. Hopefully some interesting topics and titbits to feed your data scienceContinue reading “September Newsletter”

August Newsletter

Hi everyone- Let’s face it, July was a bit lacking in sunshine but at least ended with a couple of scorchers. Possibly not the best conditions to be pulling together a newsletter, but we’d always take the sun over rain! Following is the August edition of our Royal Statistical Society Data Science Section newsletter. HopefullyContinue reading “August Newsletter”

July Newsletter

Hi everyone- Well, we have made it to summer (at least the British variety) – and it’s time for the July edition of our Royal Statistical Society Data Science Section newsletter. Hopefully some interesting topics and titbits to feed your data science curiosity while enjoying a socially distanced day on the beach with everyone else…Continue reading “July Newsletter”