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On April 27th, the 1989 Generation Initiative, or ‘89ers’ presented visions and proposals on the future of the European Union at the European Parliament, to an audience of MEPs, think tank professionals and young Europeans. The core message: The EU should always aim to improve its citizens’ lives. Their aspirations and livelihoods should be placed… » read more

  Posted by 1989 Generation Initiative

The number of EU agencies has only been on the rise in the past few decades as well as their importance, especially in addressing crisis, such as the BSE (mad cow) catastrophe and the oil tanker Erika crisis in the 1990s and the more recent financial and refugee crises. Yet, the mushrooming of EU agencies… » read more

  Posted by TARN

No matter how detached an average Horizon 2020 R&I project in general may seem from global politics, certain aspects still can affect even the most research focused initiative with no ties whatsoever to politics or global security. Even though the suicide bombings in Madrid and London over a decade ago were terrible with devastating numbers… » read more

  Posted by Europa Media

A recent poll showed Spaniards were secondly most worried about corruption, following unemployment. Not a surprise since hardly a day goes by without a new political scandal being unveiled. Corruption offers of course a myriad of possibilities. One of them is the grey area that separates professional lobbying from improper dealings with public officials. In… » read more

  Posted by Madrid-Brussels Express

  Two studies came out (just in time for Pesticide Action Week) that question the cost to society of pesticides and other chemicals. The logic is simple: Chemicals cost societies billions of dollars, therefore removing them would save money. I am a little troubled by such a simplistic view – like any statistical analysis, you… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

Policymakers are showing growing interest for real-time analysis of public opinion and Big Data. From finance to political campaigners, social media have become a primary source of information, especially when it comes to understanding public opinion trends.     However, the potential of social media still needs to be fully exploited. With the explosion of… » read more

  Posted by SSIX - Social Sentiment Indices powered by X-Scores

  The last blog looked at ten reasons why glyphosate is the herbicide of the century. So why then, despite the overwhelming scientific evidence and clear environmental and social benefits, is this product on the verge of having its authorisation removed? The NGO activists and pro-organic lobbyists have led a formidable campaign that started a… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

The following is the first of a two-part blog looking at how a corrupt unethical campaign against an essential agricultural product is succeeding in the EU. This first part will look at why glyphosate is such a good product for farmers; the second part will demonstrate how environmental NGOs, activist scientists, organic lobbyists and IARC… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

For ages, companies have invested money, time and effort in marketing campaigns. Marketing serves numerous different purposes. Besides the introduction and promotion of new products, the image of a brand is of major importance. Creating a positive sentiment about a brand is the motivation behind large marketing campaigns or corporate social responsibility plans. To evaluate… » read more

  Posted by SSIX - Social Sentiment Indices powered by X-Scores

Data Sampling

  Filtering out irrelevant data before sampling Pre-sampling filtering aims to discard the least relevant data elements. This filtering can be done by removing unwanted spam content appearing on social networks generated by spambots, an example would be to discard text data which doesn’t contain emoticons as social media robots rarely use them. An alternative… » read more

  Posted by SSIX - Social Sentiment Indices powered by X-Scores

  For the last twelve years, I have taught courses on Corporate Communications and Public Relations mostly to university law students. Towards the end of the course, after following a company’s communications activities for around three months, I poll my students on the class forum, asking if they could imagine working for their chosen corporations.… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

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