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Gerry Adams arrest: when is it right for academics to hand over information to the courts? – The Conversation (Mark Israel 2014)0

Posted by Admin in on May 27, 2015

“Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams was arrested by the Police Service of Northern Ireland for questioning over an abduction and murder committed in Belfast in 1972. He maintains his innocence and after four days in custody was released without charge.

Adams’s arrest followed the release by Boston College of oral history material deposited in their archives that had been gathered as part of the Belfast Project.”

Unraveling ethics : illuminating the moral dilemmas of research ethics (Journal: Christine Halse & Anne Honey 2005,)0

Posted by Admin in on May 27, 2015

JOURNAL: Halse, C., & Honey, A. (2005), Unraveling ethics : illuminating the moral dilemmas of research ethics, Signs : journal of women in culture and society, Vol. 30, no. 4 (Summer 2005), pp. 2141-2162

“This essay offers a critical, reflective analysis of some of the sticky moral questions that can entangle feminist researchers as they work to transform a research proposal into an application for ethics committee approval. We write not as philosophers or ethicists but as feminist social scientists reflecting on our struggle to do ethical research and to be ethical researchers in an environment governed by a regulatory model of research ethics. Our story is constructed as two intersecting narratives. In the first section of our essay, “A Narrative about Ethics,” we relate our account of how ethical theory plays out in the real world, drawing on our experience of preparing the ethics applications for an interview study with “anorexic” teenage girls and our struggles with two pillars of research ethics policy: defining the research population and eliciting informed consent.1 In the second section of our essay, “Ethics in Our Narrative,” we tease out the implications of the research ethics approval process for the people who participate in research and for those who desire to be ethical and moral researchers.”


Expert Consultation on Optimization of Health Research Ethics Governance Systems in the Western Pacific Region | Meeting report | World Health Organisation | Manila, Philippines 10–12 October 20120

Posted by Admin in on May 24, 2015

Six Provocations for Big Data (Journal: danah boyd and Kate Crawford, 2011)0

Posted by Admin in on May 24, 2015

boyd, danah and Crawford, Kate, Six Provocations for Big Data (September 21, 2011). A Decade in Internet Time: Symposium on the Dynamics of the Internet and Society, September 2011. Available at SSRN: or

“The era of Big Data has begun. Computer scientists, physicists, economists, mathematicians, political scientists, bio-informaticists, sociologists, and many others are clamoring for access to the massive quantities of information produced by and about people, things, and their interactions. Diverse groups argue about the potential benefits and costs of analyzing information from Twitter, Google, Verizon, 23andMe, Facebook, Wikipedia, and every space where large groups of people leave digital traces and deposit data. Significant questions emerge. Will large-scale analysis of DNA help cure diseases? Or will it usher in a new wave of medical inequality? Will data analytics help make people’s access to information more efficient and effective? Or will it be used to track protesters in the streets of major cities? Will it transform how we study human communication and culture, or narrow the palette of research options and alter what ‘research’ means? Some or all of the above?”