Jacob Metcalf and Kate Crawford illustrate how proposed changes to the regulations governing human-subjects research protections do not address certain harms caused by big data research that uses public datasets, and discuss what ethical protections "data subjects" might require. Published in Big Data and Society, Spring 2016.
The Council for Big Data, Ethics, and Society publishes a comprehensive white paper consolidating conversations and ideas from two years of meetings and discussions.
In this case study, a YouTube engineer contemplates whether to subvert engineering best practices to bypass storage capacity limits on videos created for the It Gets Better Project, which aims to prevent self-harm by LGBTQ youth.
Should researchers utilize hacked datasets that have been released in public forums? This case study discusses the ethical arguments for and against utilizing hacked crowdfunding data for academic research.
This letter provides feedback to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding proposed changes to the regulation of human subjects research outlined in the Common Rule.
This case study examines tricky ethical questions that arise when researchers co-opt Internet-connected devices as vantage points for data collection, without the knowledge or consent of the users of those devices. Authors: Arvind Narayanan and Bendert Zevenbergen
This report examines the relationship between human subjects protections in the social sciences and the humanities, and big data research techniques that are emerging in technological fields such as statistics, computer science, and software engineering.
This report examines data ethics curricula and trainings from undergraduate and online courses to masters and doctorate programs, and provides historical background information, federal funding requirements, and current trends.