What future for Big Data mining?


16 Mar 2016 12:00


EurActiv Offices, Boulevard Charlemagne 1
1041  Brussels


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Event Description

Policymakers are showing growing interest for real-time analysis of public opinion and Big Data. From finance to political campaigners, social media have become a primary source of information, especially when it comes to understanding public opinion trends. 
However, the potential of social media still needs to be fully exploited. With the explosion of structured and unstructured Big Data, the ability to harness information has become paramount for those who want to successfully use information originating from social media.
On the regulatory side, the European Commission wants to promote the data-driven economy as part of its Digital Single Market strategy. The strategy includes better online access and digitalisation as a driver for growth.
EurActiv invites you to explore these and other issues during a high-level stakeholder workshop:
  • How can social media and Big Data be used to understand public opinion trends?
  • What is the potential for political campaigners? 
  • Can we win an election thanks to social media?
  • Is there a risk that these data will be misused? What risks for data protection?
  • How can the financial sector use social media to make better investment decisions?
  • Are policymakers facing the challenge of the growing data-driven economy?
Confirmed contributors:
  • Julia REDA, MEP 
  • Stina SOEWARTA, Head of Unit Communication and Transparency,DG DEVCO, European Commission 
  • Diego NARANJO, Advocacy Manager, European Digital Rights (EDRi) 
  • Guenaëlle COLLET, EU Affairs Manager, EBU big data initiative manager, European Broadcasting Union (EBU) 
  • Facebook representative (tbc)
  • Pascal CHELALA, Managing Director, TNS Opinion (tbc)
  • Laurentiu VASILIU, Founder and CEO, Peracton 
  • Frédéric SIMON, Editor, EurActiv.com
  • David MEKKAOUI, Director, Fondation Euractiv
  • 12:00 – 12:30 Registration and networking lunch
  • 12:30 – 13:45 Panel debate and open discussion
  • 13:45 – 14:00 Conclusion and final remarks

For more information, please contact:

Irene Marchi, Network Projects and Events Executive

+32 (0)2 226 58 23 

This event is organised with the support of SSIX. 

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