Ethical considerations in social media analytics in the context of migration: lessons learned from a Horizon 2020 project

Mahoney, Jamie, Le Louvier, Kahina, Lawson, Shaun, Bertel, Diotima and Ambrosetti, Elena (2022) Ethical considerations in social media analytics in the context of migration: lessons learned from a Horizon 2020 project. Research Ethics Review. p. 174701612210875. ISSN 1747-0161 (In Press)

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The ubiquitous use of social platforms across the globe makes them attractive options for investigating social phenomena including migration. However, the use of social media data raises several crucial ethical issues around the areas of informed consent, anonymity and profiling of individuals, which are particularly sensitive when looking at a population such as migrants, which is often considered as ‘vulnerable’. In this paper, we discuss how the opportunities and challenges related to social media research in the context of migration impact on the development of large-scale scientific projects. Building on the EU-funded research project PERCEPTIONS, we explore the concrete challenges experienced in such projects regarding profiling, informed consent, bias, data sharing and ethical approval procedures, as well as the strategies used to mitigate them. We draw from lessons learned in this project to discuss implications and recommendations to researchers, funders and university ethics review panels. This paper contributes to the growing discussion on the ethical challenges associated with big social data research projects on migration by highlighting concrete aspects stakeholders should be looking for and questioning when involved in such large-scale scientific projects where collaboration, data sharing and transformation and practicalities are of importance.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: This research is conducted as part of the PERCEPTIONS H2020 project which has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 research & innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 833870.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social media, ethics, migration
Subjects: G500 Information Systems
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2022 15:24
Last Modified: 12 May 2022 10:26

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