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  • 24th Feb 2020

Covid-19: how do we encourage the right behaviours during an epidemic?

It's only February but here at BIT we think we have a strong contender for word of the year (take note Oxford English Dictionary!): Misinfodemic (noun): the spread of a particular health outcome or disease facilitated by viral misinformation This is hardly a new phenomenon - the proliferation of misinformation…

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  • 19th Feb 2020

Making it easier to live a healthy life

We all know that it would be a good idea to eat more fresh fruit and veg and to cut down on Domino's Pizza and KFC. Yet faced with a choice between a delicious piece of cake or a raw carrot, our good intentions often go unfulfilled.  How then are…

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  • 14th Feb 2020

Five ways behavioural science can help you with love

Once again Valentine’s Day is upon us. The annual frenzy of consumerism to convince you to spend lots of money on red and heart-shaped things for your significant other or make you feel super lonely if you’re on your own is here.

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  • 13th Feb 2020

The world in simulation - building evidence using an online laboratory

As a reader of our blog, chances are that you’ve heard of Daniel Kahneman. An Israeli economist and author, Kahneman was awarded the Nobel prize in 2002 for his seminal work, Thinking Fast and Slow, which explored human decision making from the prism of economics. Who you may be less…

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  • 7th Feb 2020

BIT Crime Week Blog #5 Phishing and behavioural science

On 4 May 2000, millions of computers were infected with a virus that erased enough files to cause around £12bn worth of damage worldwide. An email virus that appeared to be a love letter from a friend. The message read: Subject line: ILOVEYOU Body of email: Kindly check the attached…

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  • 6th Feb 2020

BIT Crime Week #4 What works to prevent violence?

The Victorian surgeon, Robert Liston, was known as “the fastest knife in the West End”, supposedly amputating a leg in under two and a half minutes.1 In 1846, he also pioneered the use of ether as an anaesthetic, allowing patients to undergo surgery pain-free. The practice was rapidly adopted by surgeons,…

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  • 5th Feb 2020

BIT Crime Week #3 Could knife crime in London be driven by technological change?

In short, our working thesis is that the rise in knife crime – particularly prevalent since 2015 – might in part be driven by technological change. You might wonder how the two are possibly related?! The argument we make, as captured in BIT’s report for the Mayor of London’s Violence…

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  • 4th Feb 2020

BIT Crime Week #2 Fighting crime with data and innovation

I’d never seen a corpse before. I stepped carefully to avoid blood and body parts as people ran from the terrorists, who proclaimed their allegiance to a banned far-right group. The Armed Response Vehicles arrived within 6 minutes of being called and snipers scaled the roof, but already several people…

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  • 3rd Feb 2020

BIT Crime Week #1 Violence in London: what we know and how to respond

In the early hours of the first day of January 2019, a man was killed while working as a security guard at a New Year’s Eve party after he intervened to help a colleague involved in a struggle. In February, a man was murdered after refusing to give a stranger…

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  • 29th Jan 2020

A Menu for Change - 12 ways to make diets greener

For many people, January is a timely moment to change their routine. Perhaps you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of people – among them many MPs – to sign up for Veganuary. Although we are not advocating for everyone to become completely vegan, we made the case in our…