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Scientists Are Just as Confused About the Ethics of Big-Data Research as You

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Brad Patterson
May 20, 2016 23:16
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OkCupid filed a copyright claim to take down the dataset; the journal that published Facebook s study issued an expression of concern.

The OkCupid research does not seem to have gone through any kind of ethical review process, and a Cornell ethics review board approved the Facebook experiment.

Social scientists have been crying foul about IRBs for a while now.

When Katie Shilton, an information technology research at the University of Maryland, interviewed 20 online data researchers, she found significant disagreement over issues like the ethics of ignoring Terms of Service and obtaining informed consent.

In December, Finch at the Future of Privacy Forum organized a workshop called Beyond IRBs to consider processes for ethical review outside of federally funded research.

Maybe updated ethical guidelines can be forged out of those collaborations.

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