Revisiting Research Ethics in the Facebook Era: Challenges in Emerging CSCW Research

I'm currently in Savannah, GA to participate in a workshop on Revisiting Research Ethics in the Facebook Era: Challenges in Emerging CSCW Research at CSCW 2010. This is my first time at CSCW, and looking at the set of papers…

IR.10 Internet: Critical (or, why the blog has been slow lately)

For the last 353 days, I've been part of a team planning Internet Research 10.0 – Internet: Critical, the 10th annual conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR). My life is about to get back to normal, as an…

NSF Grant: Internet Research and Ethics 2.0

Congratulations to Elizabeth Buchanan and Charles Ess for being awarded an NSF grant to create a much-needed repository and advisory board to address the challenges that emerging Internet and Web 2.0 platforms are placing on research ethics. I'm thrilled to…

Draft Paper: “But the Data is Already Public”: On the Ethics of Research in Facebook

[UPDATE: The final paper has been published in Ethics and Information Technology]Next week I will be attending the 8th International Conference of Computer Ethics: Philosophical Enquiry in Corfu, Greece, where I will be presenting an early draft of a paper…

Sony Provides Complete Everquest 2 Server Logs to Researchers

One of my students pointed me to this post noting that Sony Online Entertainment has provided 4 years of server log data for their online game EverQuest 2 to researchers. From the Ars Technica story: With the cooperation of Sony,…

More On the “Anonymity” of the Facebook Dataset – It’s Harvard College (Updated)

(See my update at the bottom of the post, as well as Fred Stutzman's thoughtful analysis) As mentioned the other day, a group of researchers from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University released a dataset of…

On the “Anonymity” of the Facebook Dataset (Updated)

(Updated below with responses to comments by Jason Kaufman, one of the lead researchers on this project) (Another update: I'm pretty sure the "anonymous, Northeastern university" from where this dataset was derived is Harvard College. Details here) A group of…