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Ian Forrester

Senior Producer, BBC Research & Development

Ian Forrester

Data ethics in the time of perceptive media

At FutureFest, Ian Forrester will explore the cutting edge research the BBC is conducting into the future of media. Ian will discuss a media which fuses the best of the internet with the rich history of storytelling. His session will investigate the contradiction of this new type of storytelling that borrows extensively from ancient methods of communication; one which uses different data to actively shift and change the media for the enjoyment of the unknowingly participating audience.

This new world comes with a number of difficult ethical considerations, and BBC R&D is working with university partners to explore the constraints in an open way. Ian will set the scene of what's currently possible, some of the moon shot ideas and where they have drawn the line to date.

About Ian

As the Senior "Firestarter" Producer at BBC Research & Development, Ian Forrester is a well-known and likeable character on the digital scene in the UK.

He focuses on open innovation and new disruptive opportunities via open engagement and collaborations with startups, early adopters and hackers.

His current research is into the area of future narrative and storytelling, with a technology he calls Perceptive Media. A new kind of method of broadcasting, which pairs the best of broadcast with the best of the internet to create an experience like sitting around a camp fire telling stories. Interestingly this also crosses over into the internet of things too.