CfP: Workshop on Challenges and Futures for Ethical Social Media Research

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 3:00am to Friday, May 20, 2016 - 3:00am


Social media and user-generated content platforms have opened up new possibilities for communication and creativity while also providing huge amounts of information about people and their online behavior. The evolution of technology and research methods presents ongoing ethical challenges to studying people and their digital traces. These challenges are a continuing source of discussion within the research community and also a topic of public discourse as social media scholarship gains greater visibility. This workshop is aimed at exploring difficult and unanswered ethical questions, touching on issues such as consent, privacy, and responsibility, as well as developing a set of best practices for social media and big data research.

Format and Dates:

This will be a one-day workshop taking place Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 in Cologne, Germany. Our focus will be the evolving ethical challenges of studying people online, and we welcome a variety of perspectives. This workshop is part of ICWSM (the International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media).

Below are the important dates related to submitting proposal papers to the workshop:

  • Proposal Submission: February 27, 2016
  • Proposal Notification: March 11, 2016
  • Camera Ready Due: March 17, 2016

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