Facebook Research Ethics <ul><li>What data is in your database? </li></ul><ul><li>How did you gather it? </li></ul><ul><li...
Archiving Data <ul><li>Do you have just basic demographic information? (gender, # of friends, last active) </li></ul><ul><...
Releasing Data <ul><li>Are you  mandated  to release the data? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you feel all data wants to be  free ? ...
Fallacies <ul><li>“ If you put it on Facebook, you have no expectation of privacy” </li></ul><ul><li>False dichotomy  of p...
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Zimmer CSCW 2010

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Brief presentation on ethical issues related to archiving and releasing research data from social networking sites.

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Zimmer CSCW 2010

  1. 1. Facebook Research Ethics <ul><li>What data is in your database? </li></ul><ul><li>How did you gather it? </li></ul><ul><li>How is the data being archived? </li></ul>Archiving Data “ Tastes, Ties, and Time” research project Case <ul><li>Why are you releasing the data? </li></ul><ul><li>To whom are you releasing the data? </li></ul><ul><li>How is the data being released? </li></ul>Releasing Data Michael Zimmer  School of Information Studies  UW-Milwaukee <ul><li>“ If it’s on Facebook, there’s no privacy” </li></ul><ul><li>“ We’ve anonymized the dataset” </li></ul>Fallacies
  2. 2. Archiving Data <ul><li>Do you have just basic demographic information? (gender, # of friends, last active) </li></ul><ul><li>Or, do you have sensitive / identifiable information (name, hometown, favorites) </li></ul>What’s in your database? <ul><li>Did you obtain informed consent from Facebook user to collect her data? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you fool user into friending, or use an application to gain access? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you use a bot to scrape profiles? </li></ul>How did you gather it? <ul><li>Has it been “ de-identified ”? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it encrypted ? Restricted access? </li></ul>How is it archived?
  3. 3. Releasing Data <ul><li>Are you mandated to release the data? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you feel all data wants to be free ? </li></ul>Why? <ul><li>Is the data publicly available to anyone? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you screening requests to gain access? </li></ul>To whom? <ul><li>Is all data being released? </li></ul><ul><li>Has it been scrubbed or “anonymized”? </li></ul><ul><li>Will you monitor use of the data? </li></ul>How?
  4. 4. Fallacies <ul><li>“ If you put it on Facebook, you have no expectation of privacy” </li></ul><ul><li>False dichotomy of public/private information </li></ul><ul><li>Privacy is contextual (Nissenbaum) </li></ul><ul><li>Just because posted on Facebook doesn’t mean consented to have it scraped, stored, used, and distributed by anyone for anything </li></ul>Privacy <ul><li>“ We’ve anonymized our dataset” </li></ul><ul><li>Attempts to anonymize regularly fail (Ohm) </li></ul><ul><li>Any piece of information could be potentially linkable to reveal identity </li></ul><ul><li>Need to rethink anonymization as sufficient </li></ul>Anonymization

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