Joining NISO-RDA Working Group on Privacy Implications of Research Data Sets

I'm excited to join (another) NISO project, in partnership with the Research Data Alliance, focusing on the privacy implications of shared research data. I'll be joining Todd Carpenter (NISO) and Bonnie Tijerina as co-chairs leading this effort. The RDA/NISO Privacy Implications of…

Call for Chapters: “Internet Research Ethics for the Social Age: New Cases and Challenges”

I am extremely happy to announce this call for chapters for "Internet Research Ethics for the Social Age: New Cases and Challenges", which I am co-editing with Dr. Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda at the GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences and the Institute for…

A Topology of Twitter Research: Disciplines, Methods, and Ethics

I'm pleased to announce the publication of "A Topology of Twitter Research: Disciplines, Methods, and Ethics" in the Aslib Journal of Information Management, a project I co-authored with Nick Proferes. It appears in a special issue dedicated to "Twitter data analytics",…

Loyola Digital Ethics presentation: “The Ethics of Twitter Research: A Topology of Disciplines, Methods and Ethics Review Boards”

Today I have the great privilege of presenting the preliminary results of a research project exploring the ethics of Twitter-based research, co-authored with Nick Proferes, at the second annual International Symposium on Digital Ethics, hosted by the Center for Digital…

Thoughts on Privacy and the Use of Facebook to Recruit Research Subjects

Recently, I was approached by a team of researchers concerned with the research ethics issues related to using Facebook to recruit human subjects. Specifically, the team was planning to use Facebook advertisements in order to target certain users for a…

Virginia IRB Consortium Presentation: “Research, the Cloud, and the IRB”

On Friday October 12, 2012, I will be delivering the keynote address at the Virginia IRB Consortium Conference at the University of Virginia. My talk is "Research, the Cloud, and the IRB" (slides are below). While the presentation shares some…

Pitt IRB Presentation: “Research Ethics in the 2.0 Era: New Challenges for Researchers and IRBs”

On Friday October 5, 2012, I will have the great pleasure of presenting my work on "Research Ethics in the 2.0 Era: New Challenges for Researchers and IRBs" for the University of Pittsburgh Institutional Review Board Educational Series. I've discussed…

New Entry in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: “Internet Research Ethics”

I'm thrilled to announce that the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has published a new entry on "Internet Research Ethics", written by Elizabeth Buchanan and myself. I'm confident the existence of this entry in such a popular and prestigious publication will help increase awareness of these important issues.

ICA 2012: Researching Social Media: Ethical and Methodological Challenges

I'm currently in Phoenix, AZ for the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, participating on an important panel on "Researching Social Media: Ethical and Methodological Challenges", organized by Anders Olof Larsson (Uppsala) and Hallvard Moe (Bergen). The panel is…

Research Ethics and the Blackberry Project

Forbes privacy columnist Kashmir Hill recently published a profile of University of Texas-Dallas developmental psychology professor Marion Underwood's large-scale research project titled “The Blackberry Project.” The Blackberry Project is an ongoing longitudinal study examining teen behavior and sociability, which first recruited its subjects in 2003. Then, in 2009, the subjects (now entering 8th grade) were provided with BlackBerry devices with unlimited text and data plans paid for by the investigators. The devices were configured so that the content of all text messages, e-mail messages, and instant messages was saved to a secure server to be mined by the researchers -- over 500,000 messages a month are being archived. While the Blackberry Project appears to have been managed properly through the IRB rules and regulations, it highlights emerging ethical concerns with projects of this nature, including issues of consent, undue influence, and privacy & anonymity.