The data science activist

James Mansell: ‘I am a philosopher by training with a full-time job as data science activist.’ Data is now hailed as the new oil. Its utilisation can help spur the development of startups whose values have ballooned to billions of dollars, or uplift the bottom lines of established corporates even during tough times.For James Mansell, data represents something else – using it responsibly to deliver both social and economic gains. “I am a philosopher by training with a full-time job as data science activist,” says Mansell, smiling. The latter is an advocacy role Mansell took on, first when he was working in government , and continues as an independent adviser through the consultancy Noos which he founded last year. “I try and focus the government on being evidence-based and outcomes…


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