[Air-L] research ethics again - students and FB

Daniel Thomas daniel.thomas--airl at cl.cam.ac.uk
Wed Jan 10 06:55:51 PST 2018

On 10/01/18 14:43, Charles M. Ess wrote:
> A research project involves a small number of students, legally minors -
> and requires that they set up fake FB accounts for the sake of
> role-playing in an educational context?
> Of course, fake accounts are a clear violation of the FB ToS.

Is the use of facebook necessary for this research? Are the role-playing
accounts interacting with the wider network or just with each other? If
the role-playing accounts are only interacting with each other then
could a self-hosted open source social network system be used? This
would bypass facebook ToS issues.


Dr Daniel R. Thomas
Researcher, Cambridge Cybercrime Centre, University of Cambridge
GE20, Computer Laboratory, 15 JJ Thompson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0FD, UK
Honorary Research Associate, Peterhouse, Cambridge

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