BBC & Yle presents: Public Spaces, Private Data



Rhianne Jones


Hall H


14:00 - 15:45 Opening Day






More and more people live their lives online, and we are encouraged to view the internet as a public space. However the personal data we bring to this space can be used in many inappropriate ways: Instagram stories are scraped to target advertisement; faces in family photographs are used to train the ML systems that will scan crowds for suspects; the devices we thought we owned end up owning us; and our browsing histories are stored and scanned by governments and private companies. This creates a tension for public service organisations as they try to deliver value to audiences and users online.

In this session experts from the BBC Research & Development, Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE, and PublicSpaces will consider how to resolve these tensions, and look at some specific interventions aimed at providing value to audiences and communities through the responsible use of private data in online public spaces.

The format will be four brief talks and a round table discussion.

  • Chair: Rhianne Jones (BBC)
  • PublicSpaces and an internet for the common good: Sander van der Waal (PublicSpaces)
  • The Living Room of the Future:  Ian Forrester (BBC)
  • How public service media can engage online; Aleksi Rossi (YLE)
  • Data Stewardship and the BBC Box:  Jasmine Cox/ Max Leonard (BBC)

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