danah boyd's afternoon Q&A brought up some great questions surrounding the ethical use of large data-sets put out by social media companies, and the growing concern over privacy issues. As in her morning keynote, this was an excellent discussion over research methods, and the importance of qualitative date. A few topics from the beginning of the session include:
- When is big data a reflection on life?
- Most misuse is unintentional
- We mean well, but we need to think like a hacker. Think of the unintended possibilities when releasing data
- How do you allow for context in your data?
- IRBs are not asking the tough ethical questions (as someone who went through a horrendous IRB process I actually respect it a bit more)
- We need to be OK with being forthright about what we CAN'T derive from our data
- Teenagers creating themselves into being
- Come with ideas of social ideals
- Want to be cool
- Lamenting that they have no privacy
- If it's publicly accessible parents feel they have the right to look
- Adults think about what they have to lose
- But teenagers think about what they have to gain with sns
I also thought it was interesting when I talked to her afterwards that she doesn't see Ning as a social network, but as a community network - that they are actually distinct and different entities. I'm going to have to think on that one a bit, and hope it doesn't negate my current research projects :)