SOCIAL MEDIA RESEARCH SERIES – The Ethics of Social Media Research
This online lecture has been organised by the Data, Communication and New Technologies (DCT) Pathway and is open to all ESRC and non-ESRC funded PhD and MA Social Research students within the WRDTP’s seven partner universities. Whilst this session has been organised by the DCT Pathway, students aligned with other interdisciplinary Pathways are welcome to attend if it’s themes and content will be of use to you in your research.
This session will introduce participants to some of the ethical challenges of researching social media platforms. Some of these challenges require a re-thinking of conventional ethical issues (such as privacy, informed consent, anonymisation); others (API access; platforms’ terms and conditions) are unique to social media research.
Dr Ysabel Gerrard
Lecturer in Digital Media and Society, Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield