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As Data Overflows Online, Researchers Grapple With Ethics

Social media has the potential to change social science research, but with it come new ethical implications of mining personal data online.

The Facebook study, published in June, outraged people when the company revealed it manipulated news feeds of nearly 700,000 users as part of a psychological study examining emotions. Now scholars, corporations, and government agencies are talking about establishing ethical guidelines for using social media in research.

Read As Data Overflows Online, Researchers Grapple With Ethics in The New York Times.

August 19, 2014