Someone sitting in an office analyzing some data using a popular, commercially available spreadsheet may seem very innocuous. But when you think about the consequences of errors in judgement on the scale of our national government, you start to realize what is at stake. The risks can be immense. Who knows how many decisions have been influenced by relying on data that was processed incorrectly? Senior bureaucrats are often said to have more power than elected officials, precisely because they control the flow of information to the Minister. What if their sources of information were unreliable? How could we begin to answer such questions?
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