Social Media Data and Research Ethics: challenges and opportunities

13 February 2018, 13:30 - 16:30

Room 5, Mill Lane lecture rooms, Mill Lane, CB2 1RX

Guest speakers:
•    Peter Bath, Professor of Health Informatics, University of Sheffield
•    Lindsay Unwin, Secretary to the University Research Ethics Committee, University of Sheffield
The explosive growth in the use of social media since the early 2000s has created rich sources of data for researchers, while also challenging the academic community to develop processes and approaches capable of ensuring academically robust and ethically sound research across a wide range of different disciplines. The academic research community has had to grapple with a number of difficult issues in relation to social media research such as the complex relationship between ‘public’ and ‘private’ information in social media spaces, the business model of social media platforms which monetizes the collection of personal data about users, the fragmented nature of social media information and its personalisation to the perceived interests and needs of the user and the rapid technological changes which increase the risks of re-identification of social media research data.

Our guest speakers at this workshop will introduce the approach taken by the University Research Ethics Committee at the University of Sheffield to developing guidance for researchers on how to deal with these complex questions. The workshop will also include opportunities for small-group discussion on the ethical dilemmas posed by social media research based on both real and fictionalised scenarios.

Read more and book a place here.