Ethical Challenges in Social Network Research

Luke Hutton; 7 December, 2015


Social network sites such as Facebook and Twitter provide unprecedented quantities of data about how society behaves and communicates, and have enabled interesting research across many disciplines, from anthropology, to psychology, and computer science. The richness of these data, however, raises a number of questions about whether it is appropriate to use these data, and how to protect the privacy of people whose data are collected.

In this session, we will discuss how some of these ethical challenges have manifested, and recent work to mitigate them. We’ll also consider the relevance of social network sites to a range of disciplines, and how we can responsibly make use of them.