PhD Up – Social media research and human research ethics

Explore how to apply the principles of the National Statement to social media research.

Social media research refers to research undertaken on social or professional networking platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and LinkedIn where the aim of the site for the public is to build communities or networks and/or comment on local/national/world events rather than to be a platform for digital data like ABS Statistics.

Prior to the mid-2000s, the ethical understanding was that information on the internet was public and researchers did not require ethics approval to conduct research with public information. However, while social media research is relatively new, principles about publicly available information contained in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (Updated 2018) still apply to research undertaken on social media platforms.
 

Learning outcomes

In this webinar, we will explore how to apply the principles of the National Statement to social media research, including how to:   

  • Understand how risk, consent, confidentiality, and recruitment are understood within the social media research context
  • Understand the relationship between social media users and their data
  • Apply the principles in the National Statement to Social Media research

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