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Launch of the TRUST project call for competition – Enhancing better ethical practices in research0

Posted by Admin in on December 18, 2015

“INSERM is launching an international call for competition under the European project TRUST. This call aims at promoting better ethical pratices in research in low and middle income countries. We are seeking for 5 situations of ethics dumping in all the fields of research, open to all continents. An international judging committee will select 5 winners, each will receive €2,000.

•Launch date: Decembre the 14th, 2015
•Phase 1 deadline: March the 2nd, 2016
•Return date of letters of intent: March the 31st, 2016
•Phase 2 deadline: May the 2nd, 2016
•Date of announcement of results: June the 3rd, 2016

No personal data must be revealed in the case of study.

The application form is available at the following link, available both in English and in French:

It would be great if you could participate and/or disseminate this information to possible interested parties.

I hope my explainations are clear. Please, do not hesitate to come back
to us – – if you have questions.

With best regards,

Solveig FENET
Deputy-manager for the Horizon 2020-TRUST partner Inserm”

Global Bioethics Blog0

Posted by Admin in on December 15, 2015

“This is the English language blog of a collaborative bioethics project entitled ‘Strengthening bioethics capacity and justice in health’ funded by the Fogarty International Center

The project aims to promote research ethics and bioethics in Democratic Republic of Congo and Francophone Africa”

You can access blog at:

Academics ‘Livid,’ ‘Concerned’ Over Allegations that CMU Helped FBI Attack Tor – Motherboard (Ethan Zuckerman 2015)0

Posted by Admin in on December 13, 2015

“On Wednesday, Motherboard reported that a “university-based academic research institute” had been providing information to the FBI, leading to the identification of criminal suspects on the dark web.

Circumstantial evidence pointed to Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) Software Engineering Institute and an attack carried out against Tor last year. After the publication of Motherboard’s report, the Tor Project said it had learned that CMU was paid at least $1 million for the project.

On Thursday, other academics who focus on the dark web and criminal marketplaces expressed anger and concern at CMU’s alleged behavior, feeling that the research broke ethical guidelines, and may have a knock-on effect on other research looking into this space.

“These revelations are likely to have a chilling effect on research. It can be much harder to gain people’s trust when they can point to examples of researchers who have actively helped law enforcement operations,” Monica Barratt, a research fellow from the National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre in Australia who has researched the use of Silk Road in various countries, told Motherboard in an email.”

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Call for better ethical standards in social media research – Research (Jane Bainbridge 2015)0

Posted by Admin in on November 22, 2015

Interesting report from the UK discussing the research use of social media, other personal information and metadata.

UK — Ipsos MORI and Demos have released a report urging an improvement in the ethical standards of social media research, amid public concern about how researchers are using social media data.

“A new report #SocialEthics found low public awareness that information on social media can be mined for research compared with other uses of social media data such as to target advertising. So while just 38% of the public are aware their social media posts are potentially being analysed for research projects, 57% are aware of it being used for ad targeting and 54% that it can be used to personalise the content they see on that network.

“Last year the Samaritans pulled its Radar app, which was designed to detect when people on Twitter appeared to be suicidal by analysing accounts for phrases such as ‘tired of being alone’, ‘depressed’ and ‘need someone to talk to’, after criticism including that it hadn’t taken into account people’s privacy sufficiently.”

The Research news item (…/call-for-bet…/4014180.article) includes a link to the report.

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