Tracking users in an iOS 14.5 world

Last year on April 26th, after much anticipation, debate and delay, Apple rolled out the release of iOS 14.5, unleashing a swathe of defaults for internet privacy that would have a significant impact on the way digital advertisers can operate and track users. The update required all Apple apps to introduce a new “prompt” asking […]

A year (or so) on…

Back in May 2020, only a few weeks after we had all be instructed to work from home due to Covid-19, I wrote an article titled ‘Locked down but not out…’. This was an immediate reaction to what had got us through those early months of what were unprecedented circumstances; new challenges, shifted priorities, constantly […]

Medialab July Trends Tracker

What will we think when we look back on July? Will it herald the end of life with COVID-19, or the start of a new period of instability? Government support for the CJRS begins to unwind this month, with many hundreds of thousands still on furlough. The government will lift all lockdown restrictions on 19th […]

Medialab May Trends Tracker

Welcome to Medialab’s May Trends Tracker. Notwithstanding the threat of variant B.1.617.2, it feels good to take a tentative step towards recovery. The vaccine programme is working, the government’s four tests for Step 3 easing of restrictions have been met and, as of Monday, bars, museums, and cinemas can re-open for indoor business. With each […]

Medialab April Trends Tracker

A year ago, we were encouraged to Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, and Save Lives, as the country went into its first full lockdown. It is doubtful that any of us thought we would be marking the anniversary of that moment in another lockdown. But here we are and thank goodness it is easing. […]

Medialab COVID Tracker: January

The nation went into Christmas with a glimmer of clarity. Vaccines were being rolled out. A new administration was entering the White House. Brexit was, finally, resolved. However, after a wet and cold January the challenges of 2020 returned with a vengeance. Growing levels of COVID-19 cases, further lockdown, closed schools, and a very tough […]

Medialab Christmas COVID Tracker

Welcome to Medialab’s last coronavirus crisis tracker of the year. And what a year it has been. 2020 leaves us with many challenges: organisationally, for our teams, and in understanding the impact of this extraordinary crisis on our customers and supporters. However, it also leaves us with much to be optimistic about: how far we […]

Medialab October COVID Tracker

A remarkable and poignant set of news and data have emerged since our last edition. Runners raised over £16m as part of the (virtual) Virgin Money London Marathon, as many as 900,000 more children sought free school meals, a record 6,001 net store closures were reported in the first half of  2020, and 3.5 million […]

Medialab COVID Tracker: September

Welcome back to the Medialab COVID-19 tracker. A lot has happened since our last update in July. In that short period you might have signed-off from home-schooling, stay-cationed, eaten-out-to-help-out, supported a loved one though the cluster-shambles of A-level and GCSE results and paid constant attention to your hands, face, and space. Economically speaking, the tough […]

Medialab COVID Tracker | 20.07.20

To say that lots has changed since the beginning of Lockdown on 23rd March is an understatement. The coronavirus crisis has already moved through several phases. A further crisis of equality, diversity and inclusion has come to the fore. Brexit is waiting in the wings. And don’t even mention climate disaster. With so much to […]