#ThinkPH: The Internet, Big Data & You


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Andrew Keen, author of the Cult of the Amateur, and other international experts will challenge the way you see the world today and help you imagine the potential applications of big data in your business and personal life

MANILA, Philippines — “Big data” is the hottest trend in technology today – our growing ability to collect vast amounts of information, analyze it instantly and find insightful and actionable patterns of human behavior.

If you haven’t felt the ground shift beneath your feet, you haven’t been paying attention.

It started with the Internet, which triggered a technological revolution that has transformed what was once the audience into creators. This has broken traditional power structures, democratizing and minimizing the power of once elite message gatekeepers.

Social media is the second breakthrough, amplifying the reach of any message, and enabling the third, crowdsourcing.

Crowdsourcing is simply distributed problem-solving. If every person in a large group takes one small step, contributes one small action, the crowd is capable of creating something that could not have existed before. The product of crowdsourcing can lead to big data.

Analyzing big data gives us new insights into human behavior and society.

Not enough people understand nor can imagine its possible uses in the future.

Rappler, in partnership with Google, presents #ThinkPH: The Internet, Big Data & You on Friday, August 23, 2013 at the New World Hotel. This is the first of two +SocialGood Summits we are organizing

The one-day summit brings together international experts who will challenge the way you see the world today and help you imagine potential applications in your business and personal life.

The day will be divided into 3 sections:
1. Future Trends: Reimagining Technology
2. Disruptive Applications of Social Networks and Big Data
3. Big Data Case Study: Philippine Elections


READ: the AGENDA for #ThinkPH: The Internet, Big Data & You


Our speakers include:

Andrew Keen is a dynamic challenger to conventional views about the Internet. Those who are scared or worried about its impact on society will find their views in his books, Cult of the Amateur: How the Internet is Killing Our Culture and Digital Vertigo: How Today’s Social Revolution is Dividing, Diminishing and Disorienting Us. He is an Internet entrepreneur who founded Audiocafe.com in 1995 and built it into a popular Internet company.  He also hosts a popular chat show on Techcrunch called “Keen On.” This will be the first time he visits the Philippines and is sure to spark dynamic debate in the country ComScore calls the Social Media Capital of the World.

Nancy Roberts was co-founder and co-director of the CORE Lab, a start-up within the Defense Analysis Department at the Naval Postgraduate School where she introduced and championed the use of analytic methodologies such as relational, geospatial, and temporal analyses as a means to counter terror, insurgency, arms, and drug networks.  The CORE Lab also sponsors the development of new data collection and analytic capabilities to support military organizations and other US government agencies such as the U.S State Department.  She is the co-author of Transforming Public Policy: Dynamics of Public Entrepreneurship and Innovation and editor of 2 books – The Transformative Power of Dialogue and Direct Citizen Participation.  Her work focuses on public entrepreneurship and innovation, strategic management and planning, leadership, stakeholder collaboration, complex networks, dialogue and deliberation.

Narciso Reyes is the Country Manager for Google Philippines. He oversees sales development and operationsin the country. This is his second tour with Google, having been absorbed into the company in 2008 as a Senior Account Director after Google acquired Double Click. Reyes is an Internet veteran with over 16 years of digital experience in Asian and US markets. He worked with internet companies like LycosAsia, Wired and Friendster and has extensive knowledge in rich media, display, search engine marketing and technology sales, as well as a deep understanding of online media performance. Before catching the internet bug, he worked as a trader with All Asia Securities where he handled market orders for foreign brokerages such as Morgan Stanley, HSBC and Deutsche Bank. Reyes has a degree in International Relations from Syracuse University in New York.


Maria A. Ressa has been a journalist in Asia for nearly 30 years and is the author of FROM BIN LADEN TO FACEBOOK: 10 Days of Abduction, 10 Years of Terrorism and Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of Al-Qaeda’s Newest Center of Operations in Southeast Asia. She is one of the founders of independent production company, Probe Productions, before reporting for and heading CNN’s Southeast Asia operations for nearly 2 decades (bureau chief in Manila then Jakarta). For 6 years, she was ABS-CBN’s Senior Vice President for News & Current Affairs, handling news operations across multiple platforms. She is Rappler’s CEO and Executive Editor.



Russell Shepherd is Rappler Intelligence’s Data Scientist. He combines methods from statistics, economics, social network analysis and natural language processing for a wide variety of applications of big data ranging from international counterterrorism to social media marketing. He is the co-author of The Strength of Tweet Ties: How Twitter Helped Frame the Egyptian Protests and Mining Twitter Data From the Arab Spring. Previous clients include the United States Department of Defense and the Carter Center.



Other presentations will focus on the growing market for analytics and social media sentiment analysis: how can any organization harness social media and crowdsourcing for brand engagement? How can knowing what the crowd feels help your brand?

This event is by invitation only. If you would like to attend, please send an email to desk@rappler.com with #ThinkPH in the subject line.  Interested sponsors, please email sales@rappler.com. 

A limited number of seats will be made available to the public closer to the date. Stay tuned for details. –Rappler.com

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