Monday, 8 February 2016

Ethics & Social Media Research Conference - Full programme

The full programme for our Ethics & Social Media Conference has now been announced. You can see details of session abstracts here, and register for the conference on eventbrite

1000 Conference Registration and Coffee 

1030 Keynote 1
The Ethical Disruptions of Social Media Research: tales from the field 
Professor Susan Halford (Director Web Science Institute, University of Southampton)

1130 Parallel Session 1
Session A: Ethical Practicalities (I) 

  • Using Twitter as a data source: An overview of ethical challenges. Wasim Ahmed (University of Sheffield) 
  • Ethical issues in qualitative research on Facebook. Gill Mooney (University of Leeds) 
  • The Ethics of Researching Tinder. Jenna Condie (Western Sydney University) 

Session B: Blurred Lines

  • Trying to re-focus the blurred lines between researchers and participants in social media research. Sarah Quinton (Oxford Brookes) 
  • Reconciling the Tumblr Fangirl and the Academic: Embracing the Blurred line Between Participant and Observer in Online Ethnography. Kadian Pow (Birmingham City University) 
  • Things that keep me awake at night. Milena Popova (UWE) 

Session C: Workshop Session

  • Social Media Research Ethics: Sharing Best Practice Prof. Claire Wallace and Dr. Leanne Townsend (University of Aberdeen). 

1300 Lunch 

1400 Parallel Session 2
Session D: Critical Ethical Reflections 

  • Sharing social media data – challenges and emerging solutions. Libby Bishop (UK Data Archive, University of Essex) 
  • Public vs Private: dichotomy or scale? Harry T. Dyer (UEA) 
  • iRights Youth Juries. Elvira Perez Vallejos (Nottingham) 

Session E: Ethical Practicalities (II) 

  • Gaining access to online interactions from an offline perspective: Ethical challenges faced in a study with Chilean adolescents. Paulina Ruiz (Bristol)
  • The ethics of ‘informed consent’ and the waiving of anonymity: Analysing blog texts of breast cancer bloggers’ lived experiences. Cathy Ure (Salford)
  • Public attitudes to reported instance of personal data usage #AnalyzeMyData. Ansgar Koene (Nottingham)

Session F: Panel Session: 

  • Ethical Challenges for Visual Social Media Research: Are Images Different? Dr Farida Vis, Dr Anne Burns and Alexandra Boutopoulou who are all based in the Visual Social Media Lab ( at the University of Sheffield. 

1530 Coffee 

1600 Keynote 2
Where next for #SocialEthics? 
Steven Ginnis (Head of Digital Research, Social Research Institute, Ipsos MORI) and Harry Evans (Research Analyst, Social Research Institute, Ipsos MORI).

1700: Closing Remarks Followed by a Wine Reception (Sponsored by Sage Publishing).


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