On platforms 2

Platforms 2 Yesterday I went to a workshop at LSE on ‘Digital Platforms’. This considered the theory behind social platforms such as Twiter and also the Apple apps store. Dr Kevin Boudreau spoke about the economics of app development and hosting on the Apple platform. His argument was that this platform provides a very low…

Post truth and fake news

The Canary links to a story in the Daily Express of 19 January. The Canary headline is “This story went viral, yet the German Chancellor’s office confirms The Express fabricated the whole thing”. In effect the Express sub-editors have taken a fairly anodyne report and headed it: “UK and USA are WEAK: Angela Merkel calls…

Polls, data and forecasts.

As the Duke of Wellington reportedly said: “All the business of war, and indeed all the business of life, is to endeavour to find out what you don’t know by what you do; that’s what I called “guessing what was at the other side of the hill.” Guesses have now been completely wrong in two…