Month notes, February 2019

I’ve tried to keep these short and sweet — kind of like the month of February. So I’ve just picked a couple of highlights to share from the last four weeks.

Early in the month, we wrapped up a project with Homes England, the government's housing accelerator. They've got an important mission to change the housing market in order to increase the number of new homes built each year from 220,000 to 300,000 by 2025. Cath, Dave, Ella, George, Jen and María have all been involved in working with Homes England to understand what services they could build with the data they hold. These new services would give smaller housing developers access to data that would allow them to compete with the bigger players in the market. We’ll be writing about this project soon, so keep an eye out.

We’ve also been working with Citizens Advice, an organisation that we believe could play a critical role in making sure the technologies of the future are publicly accountable, understood and regulated. Dave, Ella, Felix, Harry, Jen and Nat have all been involved in that work. It’s brilliant working with an organisation that’s so uniquely placed to shape the creation of a more ethical information society.

One of the highlights of the month was definitely winning an award in the London School of Economics research festival for our poster on the Understanding Automated Decisions project, a collaborative piece of work we did with Alison Powell and a team of academics at LSE. Big thanks to everyone who voted for us.


George and Alison have a glass of wine to celebrate the win!

A couple of weeks ago, David and Emily gave a talk to some students on the Design Products course at the Royal College of the Arts. They talked about about IF’s practical approach to ethical uses of data and AI. Here’s a photo of them on the stage, looking like the rockstars they are.

Rca David Emily Landscape

David and Emily talking design & data ethics at the RCA. Photo credit: Dr Claudia Dutson

In case you missed our latest blog posts, David wrote about the work he’s done to make IF’s standard deck template, saving us all time and making it much easier for the casual Arial users among us (like me) to make nice looking slides. And last week we published an awesome post from Akil at Comuzi about some work we did together exploring young people’s attitudes to AI, data and privacy.

That’s all for now folks!

Thanks to Jess Holland for proofreading and correcting my over eager use of commas.