[139] Data is the New Oil

Completion Date: 23 Jan 2019
Medium: Paint & ink on cardboard
Dimensions: 16 X 20 inches

How do you know when a pithy phrase or seductive idea has become fashionable in policy circles?
When The Economist devotes a briefing to it.

In a briefing and accompanying editorial earlier this summer, The Economist argued that data is today what oil was a century ago.

As The Economist put it, “A new commodity spawns a lucrative, fast-growing industry, prompting anti-trust regulators to step in to restrain those who control its flow.”