Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton, REUTERS.

Data and decision-making: Lessons from the 2016 election

A steady stream of books attempting to explain the results of the 2016 US presidential election continues. Three alone in the past month pose interesting questions, not just for future elections, but for the policy making process. Indeed more technology is now used in and around elections than ever before, but 2016 exposed a monumental gap between expectations and the eventual outcome. It’s a tacit belief that some level of knowledge should inform policy, but it is also asserted that technology moves too fast for the government. It’s a good idea to keep in mind when you hear the need for regulation because something is too important to be left to the market.