Sat, Sept. 7th, I’m participating at Techfest 2019 a 3-day festival in Copenhagen with 200+ events on humans and technology. There I’ll be coordinating a session on “The Future of Social Media Data Research: Let’s Do It Right When it Comes to Data, Privacy and Public-Interest” were I’ll discuss how accesso to social media data for research has changed over the year, how various scandals have impacted and what I see as a general trend for the future.
Social media has become a central data source for the study of individual as well as societal issues. The unprecedented scale and granularity of this type of data allow researchers to observe social dynamics as they unfold and hold high potential. Nevertheless, recent scandals and data-breaches such as in the case of Cambridge Analytica, and the social media platforms’ reaction, have shown the potential contradictions underlying this kind of research. Who holds the right to do public-interest research on this data? How to make it freely available for researchers? Who should be hold accountable?
This session will discuss these questions that will play a central role in shaping the future of research in many fields.