The Twitter Archive at the Library of Congress: Challenges for Information Practice and Information Policy

I'm very excited to announce the publication of "The Twitter Archive at the Library of Congress: Challenges for Information Practice and Information Policy" in the July 2015 issue of First Monday. This work develops some of my earlier posts (here,…

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",…

“Privacy on Twitter, Twitter on Privacy” chapter in Twitter and Society

SOIS PhD student Nick Proferes and I have published a chapter in the new book Twitter and Society, edited by Katrin Weller, Axel Bruns, Jean Burgess, Merja Mahrt, and Cornelius Puschmann. Our contribution is "Privacy on Twitter, Twitter on Privacy".  Here's our introduction:…

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…

Amici Brief to Judge in WikiLeaks-Twitter Case: Protect Users’ Fourth Amendment Privacy Interests

In December 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice subpoenaed Twitter for information on several people associated with WikiLeaks, seeking the users' full contact details (phone numbers and addresses), account payment method if any (credit card and bank account number), IP…

Anthony Hoffmann on the Twitter-Library of Congress Deal: Privacy, Representation, Culture, Research Ethics

Anthony Hoffmann, a UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies PhD student, has posted an excellent analysis of the Twitter-Library of Congress deal, in 4 parts, at his blog: Part I: Intro and Privacy Roundup: Hoffmann discusses how the LoC acquisition of…

More Details on Twitter-Library of Congress Deal

While my Freedom of Information Act request to the Library of Congress requesting a copy of its agreement with Twitter remains unanswered, interviews with Library personnel at The American Prospect and Ars Technica provide us some insight into the nature of the agreement and the plans for the data.

How Your Private Tweets Might Be Included in the Library of Congress Public Archive

Today's announcement that the Library of Congress will be archiving all public tweets since March 2006 prompts many questions. But most people, I suspect, are comfortable with the concept since the LOC is only archiving public tweets; those who decided…

Open Questions about Library of Congress Archiving Twitter Streams

The Library of Congress tweeted today that they are acquiring the entire archive of public Twitter activity since March 2006. While the LOC stresses that they're doing this for historical and scholarly reasons, there are major implications regarding the privacy and contextual expectations of Twitter users. Now, suddenly, all their tweets are being archived by the world's largest library. Yes, the tweets were always public and discoverable, but the searchability and accessibility will increase drastically if/when the LOC processes this archive. Due to these concerns, there are some vital questions that must be addressed prior to implementing such an expansive archive of public Twitter activity.

Is it Ethical to Harvest Public Twitter Accounts without Consent?

While participating in the workshop on Revisiting Research Ethics in the Facebook Era: Challenges in Emerging CSCW Research, the question arose as to whether it was ethical for researchers to follow and systematically capture public Twitter streams without first obtaining…