Big Data Initiative Workshop: Algorithms and Society

This EBU Big Data Initiative workshop organized with the RTBF gave the floor to renowned big data experts and launched a discussion for EBU members on the impact of algorithms on society, how algorithms influence media consumption and what it changes for citizens.

In his opening remarks, EBU President and RTBF Administrator General Jean-Paul Philippot explained why the RTBF has started the migration towards a future-proof, big data-compatible organisation, highlighting the major impact of recommendations on audiences'  choices for on-demand video. This migration requires new tools such as efficient recommendation systems, new skills, and new mindsets. The way forward for public service media (PSM) is to make broadcasters’ recommendation and data analysis systems based on algorithms which reflect the EBU Values. This should help PSM be agile, distinctive and essential in today and tomorrow’s digital environment.

Speakers addressed a wide range of key concrete issues: the impact of big data on PSM management, the use of big data to support the newsroom, measurement of engagement, potential 'filter bubbles' and the societal impact of algorithms in fragmenting societies or spreading fake or poor quality news or the design of algorithms which match high ethical standards,. 

Speeches were followed by parallel thematic workshops on the second day that allowed for a concrete exchange of views and of experience on such questions as how to measure the success of an algorithm, how to counter the so called ‘filter bubble’ effect, or how to meet people’s need for data usage-related skills.

Presentations

 Seminar report - Guenalle Collet, EBU Big data Initiative Manager  members only
 EBU Big Data and Society workshop at RTBF introductory speech - Pierre-Nicolas Schwab  members only
 Creating Engaging Content in the Newsrooms - Steven Bourke  members only
 Big Data, Little Data - Emmanuel Tourpe  members only
 Understanding and creating media engagement - Edward Malthouse  members only
 When recommendation systems go bad - Evan Estola  members only
 Wrap Up EBU Big Data and Society conference at RTBF - Pierre-Nicolas Schwab  members only

Details

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Date: 12 - 13 Dec 2016

Invitation only

Working Languages: English

Partners

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