Governments and journalists have access to increasing amounts of raw data about the world, making it possible to produce factual reports based on solid evidence. At the same time post-truth politics means that data and facts are becoming less relevant in public debate. Can more transparent, open and engaging ways of working with data reverse this dangerous trend? In this talk, I will discuss how novel research on tools for data exploration and data visualization can help. Along the way, I will show a number of fun examples, looking at data about the UK government spending, Olympic medals and financial markets.
University of Kent,