The Future of Social Media Data Research

Saturday, Sep 7
13:00 — 15:00

The Future of Social Media Data Research

This session is part of Techfestival: a 3-day festival in Copenhagen with 200+ events on humans and technology.
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Let’s Do It Right When it Comes to Data, Privacy and Public-Interest

Social media has become a central data source for the study of individual as well as societal issues. The unprecedented scale and granularity of this type of data allow researchers to observe social dynamics as they unfold and hold high potential. Nevertheless, recent scandals and data-breaches such as in the case of Cambridge Analytica, and the social media platforms’ reaction, have shown the potential contradictions underlying this kind of research. Who holds the right to do public-interest research on this data? How to make it freely available for researchers? Who should be hold accountable?
This session will discuss these questions that will play a central role in shaping the future of research in many fields.

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Luca Rossi (ITA)

Associate professor at IT University of Copenhagen. Member of the Executive Board of the Association of Internet Researchers, and member of the project “Patterns of Facebook Interactions around Insular and Cross-Partisan Media Sources in the Run-up of the 2018 Italian Election” supported by Facebook and the Social Science Research Council through the Social Science One initiative.

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