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    Ethics and online social network research - developing best practices

    HCI2012 - People & Computers XXVI

    Proceedings of HCI 2012
    The 26th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction

    Birmingham, UK, 12 - 14 September 2012


    Tristan Henderson, Luke Hutton & Sam McNeilly


    Social network sites (SNSs) and other online social networks such as Facebook and Twitter represent a huge source of data for research in many fields, including sociology, medicine, anthropology, politics and computer science. Such sites may contain sensitive information and care needs to be taken when designing experiments or collecting SNS data. We outline some of the potential ethical concerns, describe our efforts to develop best practices, and solicit help with outstanding challenges.


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