When personal data isn’t.


This post delves into the following concerns:

  • Informed consent — Organisations use Twitter data, without informing users.
  • Anonymity — User’s content has a high risk of reidentification.
  • Right to withdraw — Users have no ability to revoke scraped data.

Twitter can solve these problems. Academia could help set a precedent…

Opinion data on a platter

When we try to analyse an individual we have access to a snapshot of who this person is. We could collect quantitative data on ages, sex, family details, salary and beyond. While these data points are valuable, they only capture a part of an individuals’ complicated history and limitless potential.

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Sensitive data, without the sensitivities.

Synthetic data is an upcoming technology in the data industry. There are many reasons to explore synthetic data, which I will go into shortly.

Sometimes the most effective way to collect more data is to make it yourself.

Green Matrix style falling text
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A computer program manufactures synthetic data. We no longer measure real-world events…

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

Recently some friends and I have been talking about starting a company together. We still aren’t sure what that looks like and our product changes every week. We are hitting some problems around trust, and how you make a product trusted enough to convert. …

Pick a topic you can discuss at length

I have been thinking about what blog post to write next. People have asked me how I bring myself to write a blog post. People have asked me how to get started once I pick a topic. …

Does a generic competency test have a place in your interview?

A kata is a take-home task provided by a company as part of the interview process.

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In all sorts of roles, this is a common part of the process. In Front-End it may be building a website. In Data Science it may be something like “find three insights”. In Marketing…

Make Twitter work for you.

Put the work in and Twitter will work for you.

When we own a product it’s beneficial to build trust with a community. Users often check Twitter accounts to gauge the maturity of a product. …

life is too short to give your time to a company that gives no time to you.

This post is a written version of a talk I give. Slides here. If you would like me to give this talk contact me here.

This is a sad story of how my first job in web development treated me, and what I learnt from it. …

Joseph Allen

Manchester based Data Scientist, Digital Artist, Front-End Dev

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