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Workshop: Social Media Research Ethics
February 19, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Researchers across the humanities and social sciences are increasingly using data from social media in their work, and the troves of data available present unique opportunities for deepening our understanding of human behavior and contemporary culture. However, as datasets and tools for conducting social media research proliferate, many researchers experience increasingly pressing ethical questions about how social media data is gathered and how it is used. This workshop will introduce participants to core concepts of research ethics, and explore how they apply to digital research projects. Participants will discuss case studies that illuminate ethical dilemmas in research with social media, such as what informed consent looks like online. By the end of the workshop, participants will have an understanding of how core concepts of research ethics apply to researching social media, and how those concepts relate to current ethical dilemmas in social media research. Resources will be provided that can assist researchers in incorporating a robust and critical ethics into their own work with social media.