Media Review

Nigeria Has Best Statisticians In The World – Official

« An official of the Nigerian Statistical Association (NSA), Dr Olusanya Olubusoye, says Nigeria has one of the best crops of highly respected statisticians in the world. »

PM NEWS nigeria

Statistics Botswana defends unemployment figures

« Following criticism from various quarters on the recently released unemployment preliminary results, Statistics Botswana authorities have this week come out to defend the credibility their unemployment statistics. »

Weekendpost

The era of blind faith in big data must end

« Algorithms decide who gets a loan, who gets a job interview, who gets insurance and much more -- but they don't automatically make things fair. Mathematician and data scientist Cathy O'Neil coined a term for algorithms that are secret, important and harmful: "weapons of math destruction." Learn more about the hidden agendas behind the formulas. »

TED

How open data can spur innovation in the financial sector

« I had an interesting lunch with a Tweep the other day, an indefatigable mobile Wikipedia on technology trends both locally and globally. Our conversation turned to open data and how it can be applied in the banking industry. I have to admit I had heard of the term open data but never really paid any attention to its potentially game changing application in the financial industry. »

Business Daily Africa

StatCan tries to close data gaps with launch of infrastructure census

« A major effort is underway to collect the most detailed data yet on the state of the country's roads, bridges, water pipes and transit systems. Statistics Canada quietly launched a national survey late last month to get an unprecedented level of granular detail on the state of infrastructure at the provincial and municipal level. »

rdNews now

Toward a United Nations city group on ageing and age disaggregated data

« As the proportion of the world’s population in the older ages continues to increase, the need for improved information and analysis of population ageing grows too. Without knowledge, policy-makers cannot define, formulate and evaluate goals and programmes or raise public awareness and support for needed policy change. »

Medium

New Zealand adopts International Open Data Charter

« New Zealand has signed up to the International Open Data Charter, in a move to help drive innovation, support public accountability, and encourage engagement with government, Statistics Minister Scott Simpson has announced. »

Scoop

Pakistan's 6 th Census - 207 Million People Still Stuck In Malthusian Growth

« The results of Pakistan's 6 th census have been released and they show that the country has 207 million people. From which we can deduce that Pakistan is still stuck in Malthusian growth, even if things are indeed getting better. There's nothing new or different about this of course, this is just how growth has near always been. »

Forbes

Government urged to implement open data action plan

« National Information Commission today said it had handed over the national action plan on open government data to the government. »

The Himalayan Times

There is a major obstacle to tracking disability inclusion in the SDGs

« As countries work through the early stages of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, a development agenda designed to represent everyone, some disability experts are questioning how effectively national plans can incorporate people with disabilities. »

Devex

UN ESCAP expert consultation opens in Bangkok

« Asia-Pacific experts and statisticians are convening at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in Bangkok this week to improve disaggregated statistics for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region. »

Scoop

Report:

Asia-Pacific SDG Baseline Report

ESCAP

Welfare-Consistent Global Poverty Measures

World Bank

Event:

Global Goals Week

16-23 Sept, New York

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