Understanding academic attitudes towards the ethical challenges posed by social media research

Carter, Christopher J. and Koene, Ansgar and Perez, Elvira and Statache, Ramona and Adolphs, Svenja and O'Malley, Claire and Rodden, Tom and McAuley, Derek (2016) Understanding academic attitudes towards the ethical challenges posed by social media research. Computers and Society, 45 (3). pp. 202-210. ISSN 0095-2737

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Abstract

In this paper, we outline an online survey-based study seeking to understand academic attitudes towards social media research ethics (SMRE). As the exploratory phase of a wider research project, findings are discussed in relation to the responses of 30 participants, spanning multiple faculties and locations at one international university. The paper presents an empirical measure of attitudes towards social media research ethics, reflecting core issues outlined throughout the nascent Internet-mediated research (IMR) literature, in addition to survey questions relating to familiarity with SMRE guidance, and experience of reviewing SMRE proposals from students and/or as part of the university's research ethics committees (RECs). Findings indicate notable variance in academic attitudes towards the ethical challenges of social media research, reflecting the complexity of decision-making within this context and further emphasising the need to understand influencing factors. Future directions are discussed in relation to the tentative findings presented by the current study.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © ACM, 2015. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of ACM for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Computers and Society, v. 45, 3, September 2015. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/2874239.2874268
Keywords: Research Ethics, Internet-Mediated Research, Social Media, Research Ethics Committees, Institutional Review Boards, Policy
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of English
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Computer Science
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1145/2874239.2874268
Depositing User: Koene, Ansgar
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2018 14:10
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2018 14:11
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/49980

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