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The Ethics of Internet-based and Social Media Research Workshop – 14th July 2016   9.30am to 1pm

Inox Dine Conference Centre, 5th Floor, Students Union building

Image of the panel at the social media workshop Chaired by Professor Peter Bath Image of the workshop group work. Taken from the back of the room

The University Research Ethics Committee (UREC), in collaboration with the Digital Society Network and the Information School’s Digital Societies Research Group, held a workshop on 14th July 2016 focusing on the ethical challenges of internet-based research, with a particular focus on research using social media.

Research in this area has been developing rapidly in recent years, and brings with it a range of ethical issues, including challenges in relation to what constitutes personal and public data, when and how consent can/should be obtained, and how collected data can and should be used.

The UREC’s current on-going review of the University’s Ethics Policy has brought these issues to the fore, with numerous researchers reporting that they would value guidance in this area. This event aims to bring together researchers with a vested interest from across the University, to discuss and debate the ethical challenges of internet and social media research, and to contribute to the development of University policy and guidance on this area.

The programme for the workshop is below and presentations are available to view by clicking on the hyperlinks.

Time Item Lead
9.30 - 10.00 Registration All
10.00 - 10.10 Welcome and introduction Professor Peter Bath
Chair of the UREC
10.10 - 10.25 ‘Ethics of Digital Research: Issues and Challenges Professor Helen Kennedy, Department of Sociological Studies and Director of Digital Society Network
10.25 - 10.55 Doing Ethics in Online Research Dr Natasha Whiteman, University of Leicester (author of ‘Undoing Ethics – Rethinking Practice in Online Research’
10.55 - 11.30 Breakout sessions: discussion of scenarios in small groups Facilitated by Professor Bath, Professor Kennedy, Dr Bates
11.30 - 11.45 Break & refreshments (continue discussion) All
11.45 - 12.30 Breakout sessions: feedback on outcomes of small group discussions (in larger groups) Facilitated by Professor Bath, Professor Kennedy, Dr Bates
12.30 - 12.55 Panel discussion Professor Bath (Chair), Dr Whiteman, Professor Kennedy, Dr Bates
12.55 - 13.00 Conclusion Professor Bath
13.00 Lunch All