Ahead of any upcoming general election, the Royal Statistical Society has reissued its Data Manifesto - which sets out ten recommendations to the UK government on how it can improve data for the good of society.
The RSS first published a Data Manifesto in September 2014, an update in 2016, and this new version builds upon its core pillars of using data to strengthen democracy and trustworthiness, to aid better policymaking and as a driver of productivity and prosperity.
New to the manifesto is a call to counter misinformation by giving the public tools to critically evaluate claims made by the media. The manifesto also highlights the need for the public to see themselves reflected in the data. And while the government should invest in delivering the census in 2021, alternatives should be developed and tested to allow for more regular data.
The manifesto also acknowledges the need for a framework to protect the public when it comes to using new technology such as facial recognition.