Acxiom comes clean

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Political turbulence and social media

Professor Helen Margetts from Oxford Internet Institute spoke to the OECD this week about her recent research (see her new book.) Looking at political movements around Europe, why is everything kicking off everywhere? Is this due to use of social media? There is little hard evidence, but lots of anecdotes. However, new sources of data…

What is the digital economy?

The OECD Forum in Paris last week brought together a large number of people interested in economic and social questions, many from a digital viewpoint. But I found myself wondering what exactly the ‘digital economy’ is. Luckily, the OECD publishes a biennial OECD Digital Economy Outlook, so I looked through the current (2015) version, to…

‘Casseurs’ then and now.

Riots and strikes in France this week have been widely publicised. Refineries have been closed, rail travel affected, and according to the BBC, “Riot police battled protesters in Paris and other cities, making 77 arrests, while 15 officers were injured and cars and shops were vandalised.” Much has been made of the activities of ‘casseurs’,…