#DISUMMIT – PN Schwab – Data Sovereignty

DiS18_Speakers_Pierre-Nicolas SchwabAt the 2017 Data Innovation Summit I highlighted the need to take ethics into account when designing algorithms (see also the first meetup we organized at DigitYser with the help of Philippe on this topic). This was my priority at RTBF and has been one of my main area of work at European level as chairman of the Big Data Initiative of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). This priority seems nowadays to be shared by many and I’m pleased to see that the situation has improved a lot in the last months. I’ll start my 2018 keynote at the Data Innovation Summit with some concrete examples before moving on the next big challenge (and the topic of my 2018 talk): Data Sovereignty.

I first coined this term during a keynote speech I gave earlier this year to RTBF employees in an attempt to raise their awareness on why we need to become less dependent of internet traffic referral sites like Google and Facebook. I further explained my vision in this article.
Data sovereignty is especially crucial for media websites which rely too much on on Google and Facebook. Some fellow members of the European Broadcasting Union have seen their traffic badly hit after Facebook and Google changed their algorithms, revealing our overall dependency to these third-party ecosystems.
At the 2018 Data Innovation Summit I’ll give some astonishing examples of this dependency and will explain the RTBF strategy and what we have done in the last 12 months to achieve our goal: becoming more data-independent and building a sustainable and bright long-term future for our organization.
Besides explaining the steps we undertook to realize this, I will also share with you the message I gave to the members of the EBU Big Data Initiative and the “state of the union” as far as data independency is concerned.

I hope to see you in Brussels on 27 June and to share ideas with you on those important topics.

Pierre-Nicolas Schwab is the founder of market research agency IntoTheMinds
He has been Big Data manager at RTBF (Belgium) since 2016 and was elected chairman of the Big Data Initiative of the European Broadcasting Union (Switzerland) in 2017.

Big Data and Ethics Meetup – Call for ideas/speakers.

ethicsPierre-Nicolas Schwab, the Big Data / CRM manager at RTBF (French-speaking public television) will organize in December a conference on ethical aspects of Big Data in the broadcasting industry. Although this conference will be reserved for members of the European Broadcasting Union (www.ebu.ch), Pierre-Nicolas would be interested to share views with Hub’s members on the topic of Big Data and Ethics.

I think Big Data and Ethics is a topic of importance that we’ve insufficiently covered until now during the diSummit nor our Meetups. I’d like our community  to contribute to this topic through the organization of a special meetup on November 17th. I am asking interested members to contact me if they want to contribute to this event in the form of presentation.

Specific topics could be:

  • Good and bad practices as far as data usage is concerned
  • Examples of Big Data cases that triggered negative reactions
  • The consumer’s perspective: does sharing data with third parties add value for the customer or for the firm?
  • Implicit limits existing in your industry as far as the use of customers’ data is concerned
  • Paradigm shifts and possible unethical changes caused by Big Data modelling in your industry
  • Changes brought by IoT and possible threats to privacy and ethics
  • Measurement of intrusiveness / perception of intrusiveness by users
  • Forward-looking cross-industry trends that may have a negative impact on customers’ perceptions of Big Data

I welcome expressions of interest for this topic and would be glad to organize a preparatory meeting with interested speakers. Pierre-Nicolas has already proposed to host this meeting at RTBF to have fruitful discussions.

Thank you in advance for your answers.

Philippe


Previous post on this topic: https://datasciencebe.com/2016/08/16/next-executive-session-what-about-a-debate-on-big-data-ethics/