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2nd February
to 9th February
20 You will earn 20 bronze points for completing this activity.
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Bots & data – how do you define legitimate bot traffic?

2nd February to 9th February
When we hear the term ‘bots’, negative connotations may come to mind. Sure, bots have gotten a bad rap, but perhaps unfairly so. After all, they’re just technology tools, neither good nor bad. It’s how they’re used that makes them beneficial, benign, or malicious.

Bright Data is the world’s leading platform for public web data, working closely with everyone from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses and academic institutions. They are offering a series of masterclasses on the cutting-edge issues facing the data science sector, with a particular emphasis on helping humanities and social science students see the relevance of their understandings to a rapidly growing sector of employment.

Each activity will consist of a masterclass and project sprint. You’ll spend an hour with staff from Bright Data or their invited guests develop some new understandings. They’ll then set you a flexible challenge to explore over the next week before sharing your work.

In total, Bright are running three activities over three consecutive weeks. We would encourage you to engage with them all – but you are free to pick and choose the ones that work for you.

In this week’s session

the CEO of Bright Data will discuss the debate around bots, how do we protect our operations and ensure that the benefits of bots outweigh any attempt to use them ‘for bad’? Who is responsible for bots ‘behaviour’ and how do we safeguard the technology?

Following the session, you’ll be invited to complete a business scenario using data to inform your strategy. You will feedback ideas at the next masterclass

In A Nutshell...

  • • Explore ...... a growing sector and the career opportunities for social science and humanities graduates.
  • • Understand ...... big data, the data industry and how your skills are relevant.
  • • Engage Online ...... with experts in their field.
  • • Participate...... ask questions, pitch ideas and bring your thoughts to the conversation.
  • Earn up to 20 Rise points ... which can be recognised within your degree.


  • personal_video 15:00 to 16:00 on 02/02/22 - Takes place online
    Master Class
    Hosted by the CEO of Bright Data
  • call_split 02/02/22 to 08/02/22
    Project Sprint
    In the week between the two sessions, you'll be invited to respond to an exercise developing your skills and confidence in data science. This will be flexible and will fit around your availability.
  • personal_video 15:00 to 16:00 on 09/02/22 - Takes place online
    Feedback Session
    Share the products of your project work with Brite Data's representatives and ask any questions you have.