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November 20, 2006


Noosa Lee

Has the New Statesman got a problem with critical appraisal then? Information is only as good as the idiots analysing it and this tends to be the biggest problem.

Phil Booth

Sorry to hear the New Statesman didn't take this, Dave. It seems that all the government has to do is prescribe a new database at the heart of a new, generally flawed, piece of 'policy' and everyone's eyes roll back into the back of their heads...

Whilst it may be complex and a little bit technical, the very premise of an ever-expanding 'database state' is what should chill people's blood.

But, as you say, the devil is in the detail. And if publications like the Statesman won't look at this, who will?


I work with databases and statistics all the time. Databases are only as good as the analysts who build and use them. This could rip the social fabric of a country apart if done wrong. If done right, it could still cause more harm than good.

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