I’ve been fascinated by the public furore about the emotional contagion in Facebook research published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. I’m an internet ethics junkie and, genuinely, am astonished by the response. Perhaps my reaction to this is because I’ve had the occasion to think and speak so much about this that I forget how little other people know about what’s actually going on to protect the individual when doing this kind of work inside the ivory tower.
Monday June 30, 2014 @ 08:36 AM (UTC)
Thursday November 28, 2013 @ 10:41 AM (UTC)
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday January 25, 2011 @ 10:21 AM (UTC)
It’s finally out there! The special issue of the International Journal of Internet Research Ethics about online communities that I guest edited (December 2010) is available for free, public access here.
Thursday December 02, 2010 @ 11:44 AM (UTC)
I’m tweeting the bits of two days of workshops about the ethics of the Web and the Internet that I find contentious and interesting, and will transpose my thoughts in another post after. First is the British Library’s and Web Science Trust’s Ethics and the Web. The second is the Oxford Internet Institute and Royal Academy of Engineering’s Internet and Ethics seminar.
Tuesday November 16, 2010 @ 02:54 PM (UTC)
Numbers are limited! Please register your interest with webscience-admin + at + ecs.soton.ac.uk
2nd December, 2010, 9.30-17.30
British Library, Euston Road, London
The Web Science Trust
The British Library in conjunction with the exhibition Growing Knowledge: The Evolution of Research
[Science Online 2010] Who are you? The little details to remember when gathering information about the people behind the screensThursday September 16, 2010 @ 10:00 AM (UTC)
I was delighted to be asked to give a keynote at Science Online at the British Library on Saturday 4 September 2010. Despite nursing a lurgy, I managed to talk with the attendees about about the implications of online social science research questions, and about the British Library’s forthcoming Growing Knowledge exhibition (for which I’m Researcher-in-Residence – for some coverage of that, see JISC’s Digital Content Quarterly (interactive .pdf version) and Times Higher).
Thursday April 22, 2010 @ 04:34 PM (UTC)
I’ve been invited to take part in the Oxford Internet Institute’s Internet Ethics seminar on 30 April for a day of debate that, “seeks to remedy these deficiencies in the Internet Ethics conversation, and seeks to sort out, so far as is possible, confusions in ethics, morality, regulation, and social organisation that have held back meaningful discussion and progress in this area.”
Wednesday April 21, 2010 @ 03:48 PM (UTC)
There have been loads of submissions rolling in for the special ‘Online Communities’ issue of the International Journal of Internet Research Ethics that I’m guest editing, but I’ve had a few requests for extensions. And so, I’m extending the deadline to 30 April 2010 – next Friday. So if you’ve been sitting on something and just missed delivering it on Sunday, you have another week and a half to send it in.
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