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To beat Covid-19, we need to use data. Here’s how to get it right

Data-driven engineering is not only the beating heart of civilisation—it is the activity that will ultimately allow us to overcome Covid-19

By John Browne  

A person using the NHS app on a mobile phone, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Picture date: Monday April 27, 2020.

Data is often described as the “new oil.” Having spent my career dealing with both, I have always been sceptical of the comparison. But they do share one important property: their ability to empower people to get things done. Today it is data, rather than oil, that drives progress in engineering, enabling us…

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