The internet and web are technologies that connect humans to humans via a computer. When training as an academic, I became very interested in the ethical implications of online research, at a time when there wasn’t much out there for fledgling PhD researchers like me. In short: it’s a minefield. In long: there’s now a set of guidelines covering the issues that is available from the British Psychological Society.
Thursday November 28, 2013 @ 10:41 AM (UTC)
Thursday July 25, 2013 @ 09:30 AM (UTC)
Several people have asked for the list of references I used in my PhD thesis, Social Influence in Second Life: Social Network and Social Psychological Processes in the Diffusion of Belief and Behaviour on the Web. I’ve finally dug them out.
Thursday July 04, 2013 @ 10:29 AM (UTC)
Untangling the Web: What the Internet Is Doing to You is officially available in all good book shops today, both the digital and the bricks ‘n mortar variety. It’s been an adventure across TV, my MSc and PhD research, print and online journalism and radio, digging through decades of research in order to understand the true effects of the Web on our social and psychological lives.
Tuesday April 30, 2013 @ 03:33 AM (UTC)
I interviewed George Mason University’s T Mills Kelly for BBC Radio 4’s The Digital Human, for the programme about Mischief. Prof Kelly ran a history course called “Lying About The Past,” which gained attention from (and the wrath of) the internet community, the press and history teachers. Why? because he asked his students to create an internet hoax.
[Event] DATE CHANGE! Analog lessons from masters of the senses: the feel, smell and sound of immersionFriday March 15, 2013 @ 07:06 PM (UTC)
Next Monday 18 March, I will be convening a workshop at the Oxford Internet Institute, speaking with three professionals who have made their livings manipulating fear, sound and smell. How do these masters of the senses design their products to get us to feel, see and do what they want us to?
Tuesday September 11, 2012 @ 04:39 PM (UTC)
My latest blogpost for DML Central describes some of the things I discovered about the South American technology scene on a recent trip to Argentina. Here’s an excerpt:
Belen Igarzábal from FLACSO is currently producing an 8-part television series inspired by The Virtual Revolution which will look at the impact of this communications technology on Latin America. She and the production team are traveling to Brazil, Peru, Paraguay and Uruguay to explore the issues from a particularly South American perspective: “There’a a lot of research about how the internet is evolving and changing our participation, governments and economics around the world, but nothing about South America. We have particularities: we are a mix of cultures — Aboriginal, Spanish, Portuguese — and that mix makes us different from other parts of the world in terms of how we connect, how the government is involved in connectivity, in education.”
Wednesday April 25, 2012 @ 11:24 AM (UTC)
Thursday March 15, 2012 @ 10:08 AM (UTC)
My most recent post for DML Central is the adaptation of the text from my Glasgow Lecture, which I wrote about a few weeks ago. I’ll be exploring the issues I raise in the blogpost in greater detail over the next year in the research project I’m starting next month as part of my Visiting Fellowship in the Media and Communications Department at LSE, funded by the Nominet Trust.
Monday March 12, 2012 @ 01:20 PM (UTC)
The March 2012 issue of the UKSG journal Insights has been published, and my article, Data driven research: Opportunities for growing knowledge and ethical issues that arise is open access.
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