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Fire and Fury: New Year’s Edition

#EventprofReads: Week 58

After a wee break for Hogmanay, and in a week where nobody has been this excited about a book launch since Harry left Hogwarts for good, here’s the latest #EventprofReads roundup, curated for you by The Guide to Events on Twitter and the Eventprofs London LinkedIn group. Please share with colleagues and add your comments. We hope you enjoy!  Here’s what we learned this week…

Police use of Big Data for profiling may be inherently racist, in Ars Technica:

“… If police primarily arrest people of color from minority neighborhoods for marijuana, even though people of all races and all neighborhoods use marijuana at equal rates, the algorithm will correlate race with marijuana use.”

SNP’s Kirsty Blackman says it’s time to professionalise Westminster politics, from The Guardian:

“… If we keep talking about it when it comes to more minor things like hugging, then maybe they will check themselves and they will think more carefully before they lunge in and snog someone.”

That we need to find a new way to regulate and embrace digital innovation, in the Evening Standard:

“… What this amounts to is nothing short of a revolution in human behaviour and interaction, one whose profound consequences and challenges are beginning to force a germinal reaction from the political class.”

And finally… That global tobacco giant Philip Morris has made a New Year’s Resolution to get people off cigarettes, from Fast Company:

“… it plans to help people quit smoking traditional cigarettes in the hopes of replacing them with smoke-free alternatives like e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products.”

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Editor • 6th January 2018


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