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Friday afternoon’s funny – Is consent an ancient sacred practice?0

Posted by Admin in on July 21, 2017

Cartoon by Don Mayne

The approach and language used by research ethics reviewers might make some researchers wonder if consent is an ancient ritual that requires precise incantations to complete correctly. Instead a consent strategy needs to be designed for the specific realities of a project and be respectful/intelligible so potential participants can make an informed and voluntary decision about participating.

Social Media Research & Ethics0

Posted by Admin in on July 4, 2017

Segment 1: An Introduction to Social Media and Research Ethics


The current influx of social media data presents a valuable opportunity for researchers to access large data sets of rich, naturally occurring data. While researchers have begun taking advantage of this opportunity, questions have arisen around the ethics of how that data should be used. Dr. Leanne Townsend explains these questions and presents a framework for solutions, including case studies to practice application.

Townsend, L. (Academic). (2017). Social media research & ethics [Streaming video]. Retrieved from SAGE Research Methods 04/07/2o17.

The video should advance automatically through the segments of this very practical and useful talk Just in case we have included below direct links to each segment and a consolidated transcript as a PDF

Watch the other segments
Segment 2: Why do researchers need ethical guidance when using social media data?
Segment 3: What are the key areas of concern within social media research?
Segment 4: A Framework For Ethical Research With Social Media Data
Segment 5 – Case studies
Segment 6 – Conclusion

PDF transcript of talk

Friday afternoon’s funny – Participant fears0

Posted by Admin in on June 23, 2017

Cartoon by Don Mayne

Participant fear of the unknown is never a joke, but it isn’t a reason to downplay or obfuscate risk.

Integrating the Management of Personal Data Protection and Open Science with Research Ethics (Papers: David Lewis, et al | 2017)0

Posted by Admin in on June 22, 2017


This paper examines the impact of the EU General Data Protection Regulation, in the context of the requirement from many research funders to provide open access research data, on current practices in Language Technology Research. We analyse the challenges that arise and the opportunities to address many of them through the use of existing open data practices for sharing language research data. We discuss the impact of this also on current practice in academic and industrial research ethics.

Fatema, K., Lewis, D., & Moorkens, J. (2017). Integrating the Management of Personal Data Protection and Open Science with Research Ethics. Ethics in Natural Language Processing. A Workshop at EACL 2017 4.April.2017 Valencia, Spain​​​