Massive BBC Tech Waste Spin Unravels


The BBC’s chief technology officer, Matthew Postgate, has claimed that by spending £285 million to prop up the Corporation’s creaking technology infrastructure for the next two years, they will actually be saving £90 million. ‘Negotiating’ £90 million off a ridiculous quote doesn’t mean you saved £90 million…

In a rambling blog post, Postgate trumpets the BBC’s great success in forking out almost £300 million to keep their tech backend running, hailing it as a sign of “financial efficiency.” He also claimed the BBC are “moving away from one monolithic, long term contract with a single supplier, to multiple shorter-term contracts with a number of specialist companies.” Aunty Beeb is currently offering a 7-10 year IT contract worth hundreds of millions…

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Dr Alexander Kogan, the app developer who originally harvested the Facebook data, said…

“I think what Cambridge Analytica has tried to sell is magic and made claims this is incredibly accurate and it tells you everything there is to tell about you. But I think the reality is it’s not that. If you sit down and you really work through the statistics and you think what does a correlation of point three means, those claims quickly fall apart. And that’s something any person with a statistical background can go and do.”


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