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Ethical and other legal issues of using social media data in research

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PhD Academy, LRB 4.02 Teaching Room

Lionel Robbins Building (4th Floor)

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There is enormous potential to harness the power of social media as a researcher, not just to promote your research findings, but as a way to collect new and interesting data. However, the ethical principles and associated legal issues of conducting research when using social media data are something that need careful consideration before planning a research project.

In this session we will reflect upon a range of issues and questions that arise when you wish to use data from social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Are you allowed to text and data mine from social media? How do you do this? How do you get ethical approval for scraping data from social media? Are there ways of getting informed consent? How can you re-use data from social media and what tools are available to help you? We’ll refer to good practice principles and guides from organisations such as the Association for Internet Researchers as well as sharing useful resources to help you get started.

We encourage participants to bring their own research projects and examples, experiences, questions and concerns to the session.


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