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

yohanan.ouaknine at ois.co.il yohanan.ouaknine at ois.co.il
Wed Jan 10 10:23:21 PST 2018


This project is definitely problematic. I can't imagine an ethics committee
authorizing minors to violate ToS, even with the written consent of their
A solution could be building your own social network in a "lab environment"
with some open source software like
https://www.opensource-socialnetwork.org/community or
https://www.boonex.com/features .
The software is free, available on almost any cpanel hosting, you can
program your own simulations and you can even write the ToS.

Yohanan Ouaknine
PhD candidate @ Bar Ilan University, Israel

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From: Air-L [mailto:air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org] On Behalf Of Charles M.
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 4:44 PM
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Subject: [Air-L] research ethics again - students and FB

Dear AoIRists,

What are your thoughts regarding the following?

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.

I know we've discussed the ethics of researchers doing this (with mixed
results, i.e., some for, some concerned).

But I'm curious what folk think / feel about this version of the problem.

Many thanks in advance,
- charles
Professor in Media Studies
Department of Media and Communication
University of Oslo

Postboks 1093
Blindern 0317
Oslo, Norway
c.m.ess at media.uio.no
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