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Academic attitudes towards social media research ethics

Date & Time:
13:00:00 - 14:00:00,
Tuesday 24 November, 2015


In the first part of this talk we will present an overview of the work being done by the ESRC-funded CaSMa (Citizen-centric Approaches to Social Media Analysis) project. This will include a brief introduction to our work that will cover the topics of informed consent; the impact of filtering/recommendation algorithms; the language of ethics documentation in UK academia; and iRights – digital rights for children and young people. The second part of the talk will give a more detailed presentation of our work to date on “academic attitudes towards social media research ethics”. Specifically, we will draw upon an initial phase of our research using a scale-based measurement of attitudes in relation to social media research ethics, in addition to some of the findings from an on-going study in which we are interviewing ethics review panel members. We will also outline some of our workshop-based activity, in which we have used case studies to structure discussions amongst academics around the core ethical issues associated with social media research. For more information about the CaSMa project, please visit Please register your interest with

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  • Name: Ansgar Koene|Chris James Carter
  • Affiliation: Senior Research Fellow at the Horizon Digital Economy Research institute, University of Nottingham|Research Associate with the CaSMa project, University of Nottingham
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  • Bio: Ansgar Koene is a Senior Research Fellow at the Horizon Digital Economy Research institute, University of Nottingham. He has a multi-disciplinary research background, having worked and published on topics ranging from bio-inspired Robotics, AI and Computational Neuroscience to experimental Human Behaviour/Perception studies. Within the CaSMa project, Ansgar leads the research studies on ‘informed consent’, and an interdisciplinary collaboration with STS on the ‘use of Twitter for public engagement by academics’. He has also recently submitted a grant application on the ‘impact of bias in social media filtering/recommender algorithms’. You can find Ansgar on Twitter (), Facebook () and LinkedIn ().|Chris James Carter is a Research Associate with the CaSMa project, University of Nottingham. With an academic background in Occupational Psychology, Chris’ primary research interests relate to digital identity and reputation management, with a specific focus on social psychological factors that influence how late adolescents and young adults manage risk to their professional reputation upon social media prior to, during, and following organisational entry. Chris has contributed articles to a range of online publications, including The Conversation, Slate and the University of Nottingham’s Careers Blog, consults on social media strategy and organisational learning and development evaluations, is Social Media Advocate for the Digital Economy Network (DEN), and is co-track chair for the Organisational Psychology SIG of the British Academy of Management. You can find Chris on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.