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Dear colleagues,

Recommendation engines have greatly changed the way we consume content. Our habits are changing, yet most of us are unaware of the presence or effects of those algorithms, in particular the existence of filter bubbles. Even worse, studies show that we tend to adapt our behaviors to conform to algorithms’ expectations.

 
We, as Public Service Medias, have a responsibility to use technology for the benefits of our users, without compromising on our values and ethics. This is why the EBU Big Data Initiative (BDI) workshop taking place on 12 and 13 December in Brussels, placed under the patronage of RTBF CEO and EBU President Jean-Paul Philippot, will specifically address how PSM should shape algorithms which reflect PSM values.

On Day 1, international experts from different fields will enlighten us on a range of issues pertaining to
recommendations and user behavior. On Day 2, professional facilitators will help us come up with innovative ideas on how to combine the power of algorithms on the one hand, and our amazing editorial knowledge on the other hand.

We will be sending out invitations for the workshop this month, and we have also blocked booked hotel accommodation to facilitate your stay. 

I sincerely hope to see you in Brussels in December.
All the best,                                                                          
Pierre-Nicolas Schwab, RTBF Big Data / CRM Manager
 
UPCOMING EBU BDI  WORKSHOP: Data-driven business and technolgies, Helsinki, 25 October
This EBU Big Data Initiative workshop, kindly hosted by YLE on 25 October in Helsinki, will focus on the technical and legal aspects of data driven businesses and data hosting. Event page 
 
PAST EBU BDI WORKSHOP: Algorithms and Recommendation Systems, Paris, 23 September
EBU members met on 23 September at France Télévisions' headquarters to examine how the recommendation tools work and consider how to find the right balance between editorial authority and the discovery effect. Event story (Version française) - presentations
MEDIA CONTENT
Big data, journalism and refugees in focus at Prix Italia festival
This year’s Prix Italia Festival  examined how Big Data is changing storytelling in the media. EBU Big Data Initiative leader Guillaume Klossa was on hand to moderate a panel featuring leading data journalists and researchers discussing how big data can offer new insights into current affairs. Event story (version française )
RECOMMENDATION SYSTEMS
RecSys and data storage in focus at EBU Devcon in Geneva, 1-2 November
The EBU's annual Developer Conference – DevCon – is a unique opportunity for discussions, presentations, workshops and exchanges around the many challenges faced by EBU Members in the realm of software development. This year's edition will notably address tools to underpin collaboration between broadcasters in the areas of big data storage (Apache Hadoop) and recommendation systems (RecSys). Event link

September 2016 ACM Recommender Systems Conference
The ACM Recommender Systems conference opened on 15 September 2016 in Boston (MA), with a one day RecSys TV workshop dedicated to recommender systems in the broadcasting sphere . Pierre-Nicolas Schwab's blog offers an overview of workshop presentations, with focus on by Verizon, Netflix and the University of Lisbon.
AUDIENCE MEASUREMENT
Upcoming asi conferences on TV and radio in Budapest, 2-4 November
The 2016 International Radio and Audio Conferencewill take place on 2 November and the 2016 International Television and Video Conference on 2-4 November, both in Budapest. Several delegates EBU Members are speaking at the conference, and many others will attend. Roberto Suarez Candel, Head of the EBU’s Media Intelligence Service, will deliver a keynote speech. Link to Conference programmes
TRUSTED DATA PRINCIPLES
Workshop on Big Data and Policy Making in Brussels, 18 October
This workshop organised by EurActiv in Brussels on 18 October will address the challenges to use innovative data-driven approaches for policy making .

 
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