David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Ethics and Information Technology 12 (4):313-325 (2010)
In 2008, a group of researchers publicly released profile data collected from the Facebook accounts of an entire cohort of college students from a US university. While good-faith attempts were made to hide the identity of the institution and protect the privacy of the data subjects, the source of the data was quickly identified, placing the privacy of the students at risk. Using this incident as a case study, this paper articulates a set of ethical concerns that must be addressed before embarking on future research in social networking sites, including the nature of consent, properly identifying and respecting expectations of privacy on social network sites, strategies for data anonymization prior to public release, and the relative expertise of institutional review boards when confronted with research projects based on data gleaned from social media.
|Keywords||Anonymity Facebook Privacy Research ethics Social networks|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
H. Nissenbaum (1998). Protecting Privacy in an Information Age: The Problem of Privacy in Public. [REVIEW] Law and Philosophy 17 (s 5-6):559-596.
Citations of this work BETA
Aimee van Wynsberghe & Scott Robbins (2014). Ethicist as Designer: A Pragmatic Approach to Ethics in the Lab. Science and Engineering Ethics 20 (4):947-961.
Yuval Elovici, Michael Fire, Amir Herzberg & Haya Shulman (2014). Ethical Considerations When Employing Fake Identities in Online Social Networks for Research. Science and Engineering Ethics 20 (4):1027-1043.
Rachel Batchelor, Ania Bobrowicz, Robin Mackenzie & Alisoun Milne (2012). Challenges of Ethical and Legal Responsibilities When Technologies' Uses and Users Change: Social Networking Sites, Decision-Making Capacity and Dementia. [REVIEW] Ethics and Information Technology 14 (2):99-108.
Tony Doyle & Judy Veranas (2014). Public Anonymity and the Connected World. Ethics and Information Technology 16 (3):207-218.
Barry Rooke (2013). Four Pillars of Internet Research Ethics with Web 2.0. Journal of Academic Ethics 11 (4):265-268.
Similar books and articles
Herman T. Tavani (2004). Genomic Research and Data-Mining Technology: Implications for Personal Privacy and Informed Consent. Ethics and Information Technology 6 (1):15-28.
Joan E. Sieber (1991). Openness in the Social Sciences: Sharing Data. Ethics and Behavior 1 (2):69 – 86.
Heidi E. Keller & Sandra Lee (2003). Ethical Issues Surrounding Human Participants Research Using the Internet. Ethics and Behavior 13 (3):211 – 219.
Herman T. Tavani (1999). Informational Privacy, Data Mining, and the Internet. Ethics and Information Technology 1 (2):137-145.
Bjørn Hofmann, Anne Myhr & Søren Holm (2013). Scientific Dishonesty—a Nationwide Survey of Doctoral Students in Norway. BMC Medical Ethics 14 (1):1-9.
Herman T. Tavani (1999). KDD, Data Mining, and the Challenge for Normative Privacy. Ethics and Information Technology 1 (4):265-273.
Irene Pollach (2005). A Typology of Communicative Strategies in Online Privacy Policies: Ethics, Power and Informed Consent. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 62 (3):221 - 235.
P. Langat, D. Pisartchik, D. Silva, C. Bernard, K. Olsen, M. Smith, S. Sahni & R. Upshur (2011). Is There a Duty to Share? Ethics of Sharing Research Data in the Context of Public Health Emergencies. Public Health Ethics 4 (1):4-11.
Gualtiero Piccinini (2009). First-Person Data, Publicity and Self-Measurement. Philosophers' Imprint 9 (9):1-16.
Gordon Hull, Heather Richter Lipford & Celine Latulipe (2011). Contextual Gaps: Privacy Issues on Facebook. [REVIEW] Ethics and Information Technology 13 (4):289-302.
Added to index2010-06-09
Total downloads98 ( #32,309 of 1,726,249 )
Recent downloads (6 months)11 ( #61,095 of 1,726,249 )
How can I increase my downloads?