The Liberal Stemmocrat: October 2020

The Liberal Stemmocrat: October 2020

To all our new members, I'm so pleased to welcome you to ALDES after a terrific virtual Conference. Personally, I'm a huge fan of Conference but was beyond sold that once we can get back to York, Bournemouth, or Brighton, that we'll be seeing hybrid Conferences, accessible to far more of our membership. ALDES can play a leading role in creating the best of both: incorporating the conversations, energy, and social aspects of a physical Conference, with the accessibility, cost, and on-demand viewing that digital can bring.

The Conference auditorium sessions are up on YouTube, and we'll have our fringe event recordings online soon. Our digital working group continues, and our AGM is on the horizon - RSVP or run for exec via the details below! We'll also be putting out a survey of members' skills, interests, and what you want from ALDES.

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The Liberal Stemmocrat: September 2020 Newsletter

The Liberal Stemmocrat: September 2020 Newsletter

ALDES AGM 2020

The ALDES AGM is taking place virtually on Thursday, October the 15th at 7 pm.

We'll be taking nominations for the 2021 exec, discussing the year past and what's ahead, and also looking to adopt a new modern constitution to better reflect ALDES' place in the Party.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP via this link and we'll send you joining details prior to October the 15th. Nominations for committee positions can also be sent to Emma Colliver, ALDES Secretary, at secretary@aldes.org.uk, or raised at the AGM itself; a proposer and seconder are required. Committee positions up for election under the proposed constitution are: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, along with three elected Ordinary Members of the Committee. Any questions just fire either myself or Emma an email!

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Don’t shoot the data scientist, please Labour

Don’t shoot the data scientist, please Labour

Government incompetence and u-turns over high school results have perhaps dominated this summer’s news cycle, which is no mean feat given the global pandemic, record-busting recession and looming Brexit crisis. The story has hinged upon an ‘algorithm’ or, to quote the Prime Minister, a ‘mutant algorithm.’ Sadly, our cousins over at Scientists for Labour have picked up on this theme too – blaming science and algorithms for political mistakes.

In a recent blog post, Scientists for Labour highlighted how the algorithm worked (quite useful if you don’t want to read 319 pages of Ofqual verbiage) and correctly highlighted how the full processing pipeline applies a sort of smoothing to past performance and is inherently biased in favour of small class sizes at pay-for schools (public/private, you choose your lingo.)

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