Workshop success!

Thanks to all of our participants for a great workshop on Saturday, March 14.  We had an entire day of amazing discussions about the ethical dilemmas we face as CSCW researchers. These are also discussions that should not stop now, and we hope that workshops like this will continue across multiple conferences in our discipline.

Watch this space for more information; we’ll be posting a report about open questions identified during our workshop, and also more information about next steps and future discussions. In the meantime, have a look at the position papers submitted by our workshop participants, and check out the #cscwethics hashtag on Twitter to see live-tweeting from the workshop itself, and for continued conversations.


Call for submissions!

ANNOUNCEMENT: Note that we have extended the deadline for submissions!

This will be a one-day workshop taking place during the weekend prior to CSCW 2015 in Vancouver. Our focus will be the evolving ethical challenges of studying people online, and we welcome a variety of perspectives.

The deadline for submitting position papers or case studies is November 24, 2014.

Learn how to submit!

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The evolution of social technology and research methods present ongoing challenges to studying people online. Recent high-profile cases have prompted discussion among both the research community and the general public about the ethical implications of researching humans, their information, and their activities in large-scale digital contexts. Examples of scientific and market research involving Facebook users and OKCupid clients exemplify the ethical complexities of both studying and manipulating online user behavior. When does data science become human subjects research, and what are our obligations to these subjects as researchers? Drawing from previous work around the ethics of digital research, one goal of this workshop is to work towards a set of guiding principles for CSCW scholars doing research online.