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23 November 2021

IBC2021 Award Winners

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Best Technical Paper

The IBC2021 Award for Best Technical Paper goes to a large team from BBC Research & Development, for their contribution Stronger together: cross-service media recommendations.

The aim of the paper is to present consumers with a single portal to multiple media sites, with intelligent references between services. If a consumer frequently listens to a particular singer on Spotify, for example, the service would also send notifications when that performer is available on BBC radio and television content, available online. The team tackled the legal, commercial and ethical challenges of securing consumer data and maintaining each services business goals, while maximising the benefit to the user. This involved using the latest thinking on public data storage and protection, as well as developing a demonstrator smartphone app. Hannes Ricklefs of BBC Research & Development, one of the authors of the paper, said “We see the broadcast industry moving into the online space, going beyond television and radio. We need to find ways to bring our public service broadcasting onto digital services. Within that, we believe that handling of personal data in a privacypreserving way, with ethical controls, is a very important topic.

“We’re grateful for this award because we hope that the blueprint we have described in the paper will be a catalyst for more innovation and development in this space.”

Best Technical Paper