Informed consent and the Facebook emotional manipulation study

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Show simple item record Flick, Catherine en 2016-11-11T11:20:24Z 2016-11-11T11:20:24Z 2016-01-08
dc.identifier.citation Flick, C. (2016) Informed consent and the Facebook emotional manipulation study. Research Ethics, 12 (1) pp. 14-28 en
dc.description.abstract This article argues that the study conducted by Facebook in conjunction with Cornell University did not have sufficient ethical oversight, and neglected in particular to obtain necessary informed consent from the participants in the study. It establishes the importance of informed consent in Internet research ethics and suggests that in Facebook’s case (and other, similar cases), a reasonable shift could be made from traditional medical ethics ‘effective consent’ to a ‘waiver of normative expectations’, although this would require much-needed change to the company’s standard practice. Finally, it gives some practical recommendations for how to implement such consent strategies, and how the ethical oversight gap between university-led research and industry-led research can be bridged, potentially using emerging Responsible Research and Innovation frameworks which are currently gathering momentum in Europe. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher SAGE en
dc.subject Responsible Research and Innovation en
dc.subject research ethics en
dc.subject informed consent en
dc.subject Facebook en
dc.subject computer ethics en
dc.title Informed consent and the Facebook emotional manipulation study en
dc.type Article en
dc.researchgroup Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility en
dc.peerreviewed Yes en
dc.funder N/A en
dc.projectid N/A en
dc.cclicence CC-BY-NC en 2015-08-01 en

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