Monthly Archives: September 2017

Can mobile roaming be saved after Brexit?

The issue of roaming has had far greater visibility in the UK than in the EU, because the price increases that can be expected have proportionally far greater impact on UK subscribers than on EU subscribers. With that in mind, this post is largely written from the UK’s perspective.

We begin with a quick guide to this complex subject matter:

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Introducing the Brexit readiness score

If you believe Prime Minister Theresa May the United Kingdom will be ready to exit the European Union in April 2019. If you believe UK businesses Britain is falling behind in its preparations. The next round of Brexit negotiations, and the first since the summer recess, was delayed by a week to September 25, 2017, suggesting that businesses may […]

Are you a leader or a manager?

The title of this article sounds like a trick question – it would seem the answer should be “leader”. But have you ever thought about what a manager does? Managers set up the systems that allow the organisation to run smoothly and efficiently. They ensure budgets are followed, timelines are met, and employees are trained and engaged. Without managers, […]

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    Expert panel: People from small, socially cohesive countries are happier

Expert panel: People from small, socially cohesive countries are happier

Among the world’s rich countries, those that are smaller and more socially cohesive tend to have happier populations on average. That is the consensus finding of a survey of leading researchers on wellbeing from around the world.

But opinion is divided among the experts on whether the break-up of large, diverse countries into smaller, less diverse ones can be expected to […]

Ethnic discrimination during resume screening: Mind the job

In many European countries, the employment rate of ethnic minorities is low, which is worrisome given the risks of social exclusion and poverty. The overall weaker labour market position of ethnic minorities compared to ethnic majorities is attributed to a lack of human capital (job competencies) as well as to labour market discrimination (unfair treatment).

This blog post focuses on […]

Understanding musical copyright in the digital age

Copyright appears in one of two guises. It is either the backdrop to arguments about plagiarism – about how ‘Blurred Lines’ was stolen from Marvin Gaye, or about how Donald Trump is making (allegedly) illegitimate use of Adele and others to accompany his rallies. Or copyright is seen as central to the development of the digital economy – hence, […]

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    Where industry is strong and where it’s weak: Key facts of UK business geography

Where industry is strong and where it’s weak: Key facts of UK business geography

The UK’s financial services industry is not nearly as London-centric as the creative industries. Rather than the South East of England being the country’s productivity engine, it is a band stretching west from the capital along the M4 corridor towards Bristol. The East of England stands out nationally in terms of the intensity of local investment in research and […]

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    Tomorrow’s Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future – Book Review

Tomorrow’s Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future – Book Review

Tomorrow’s Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future. 2nd Ed. Richard Susskind. Oxford University Press. 2017.

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Richard Susskind OBE is known as one of the UK’s foremost commentators on the law and technology and the future of the professions in a post-industrial, technology-driven society. In the second edition of Tomorrow’s Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future, he aims to […]

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    Canada’s big challenge: The long list of trade barriers between its own provinces

Canada’s big challenge: The long list of trade barriers between its own provinces

President Trump on the campaign trail promised to ‘renegotiate or rip up’ the North American Free Trade Agreement. As the US signals its intention to renegotiate this free trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, Trump’s tweets have focused on the Canadian dairy sector, where a stand-off between politicians on both sides of the border highlights the continued importance of the agricultural […]

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    Leaving a trade area can substantially reduce innovation and productivity

Leaving a trade area can substantially reduce innovation and productivity

The advantage of being in a trade area like the European Union is that a company can sell its products and services to a larger pool of customers. These are the usual gains from trade: each company/country specializes in what it does best, and by doing so, increases consumer welfare. By selling to a larger pool of customers, companies […]

Wake up, algorithms are trawling your phone while you sleep

Wake up, machine learning algorithms have been trawling your phone whilst you slept. If you did. If you had a long sleep your health profile will record positive. Your health data is one signal that will be built into a profile of all your behaviour. It will be used to inform decisions about credit ratings and health provision. Unhealthy […]

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    Thoughts on the future of human knowledge and machine intelligence

Thoughts on the future of human knowledge and machine intelligence

Throughout history, nations and armies have brawled for knowledge. The burning of the Library of Alexandria, the destruction of Xianyang Palace’s archives, the secret investigations of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the destruction of the Mayan Codex, and many other examples illustrate the continuous human quest for owning knowledge or eliminating it from an enemy.

Knowledge however, has a peaceable face; […]

Towards a modern UK industrial strategy

Every government has an industrial strategy however it is articulated: government affects the investment climate for business through tax and regulation; establishes national priorities; invests in skills, infrastructure and research; and procures outputs from the private sector – all of which influence the evolution of the private economy.

In the UK, business and politics have always been intertwined. The desire […]

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    Grenfell Tower: Why aren’t more women covering big news stories?

Grenfell Tower: Why aren’t more women covering big news stories?

They are words I’ve heard several times in my career, whenever I deviate from my usual beat of writing about celebrities, but this time it was much more memorable.

“What’s that f-ing showbiz girl doing down here?”, I overheard a male news reporter from a rival newspaper say. I was at Grenfell Tower in the aftermath of the terrible inferno, […]

September 19th, 2017|Gender, Katie Hind, Leaders|1 Comment|
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    The link between wage inequality and the housing market’s boom and bust in Spain

The link between wage inequality and the housing market’s boom and bust in Spain

Our study uses administrative data to document large cyclical variations in the evolution of earnings inequality in Spain. We find that the construction sector played a key role in this evolution.

Figure 1 shows the evolution of the logarithm of the 90/10 percentile ratio of male daily earnings – a commonly used measure of inequality – between 1990 and 2010. […]

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    Gender and the news industry: Why it’s important to focus on mainstream newspapers

Gender and the news industry: Why it’s important to focus on mainstream newspapers

In her blog post, Allyson Zimmerman identifies the press as a site where stereotypical representations of women leaders are circulated. Drawing on research undertaken by Catalyst, Zimmerman discusses the importance of a focus on gendered stereotyping to further understand women’s exclusion from leadership positions. This resonates with the argument put forward by Helena Liu, Leanne Cutcher and David Grant, […]

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    We Are Data: Algorithms and the Making of Our Digital Selves – Book Review

We Are Data: Algorithms and the Making of Our Digital Selves – Book Review

We Are Data: Algorithms and the Making of Our Digital Selves. John Cheney-Lippold. NYU Press. 2017.

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In 2013, a 41-year-old man named Mark Hemmings dialled 999 from his home in Stoke-on-Trent. He pleaded with the operator for an ambulance, telling them that ‘my stomach is in agony’, that ‘I’ve got lumps in my stomach’, that he was vomiting […]

September 17th, 2017|Book Review, Daniel Zwi|0 Comments|
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    UK finance needs radical reform to upgrade the post-Brexit economy

UK finance needs radical reform to upgrade the post-Brexit economy

At a recent event marking the 10-year anniversary of the financial crisis, the Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney said the UK’s banking sector could be “15 to 20 times GDP” in just a “quarter of a century”. But such proclamations beg a big question: what is the value of all this activity and wealth to the rest of […]

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    British society sees itself through a predominantly old, white male gaze

British society sees itself through a predominantly old, white male gaze

The media is the mirror that society holds up to itself, it is through newspapers – online and off – that the first draft of history is created and power held to account. At Women in Journalism we believe that it is vital to the functioning of democracy that the mirror the media holds up to society provides a […]

September 15th, 2017|Eleanor Mills, Gender, Leaders|1 Comment|
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    Think manager, think male: Stereotypes that the media help reinforce

Think manager, think male: Stereotypes that the media help reinforce

 Popular stories in the media often reinforce misperceptions of women leaders by speculating about how they are different from men. They ‘sell’ because these stories seem to resonate with an unfailing belief about women and men, even if research shows the premises behind them are simply wrong and rooted in gender biases or stereotypes.

Unfortunately gender stereotyping is alive and […]