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Social Media and Human Rights


In February, I participated in the #NSMNSS (New Social Media, New Social Science?) network's workshop on the ethics of social media research.  I gave a short case study overview of my research as concerns the ethics of verification, particularly with respect to security risks and to hierarchies of power.

At the workshop, I learned about two recent, useful reports.  Research Using Social Media; Users' Views is by a research team from NatCen and outlines social media users' expectations with respect to social media research, including their expectations of informed consent and anonymity.  Janet Salmons presented a report on New Social Media, New Social Science... and New Ethical Issues, which outlines ethical considerations and resources relevant to social media.

Kandy Woodfield storified the workshop's tweets - see here.

About this website

This is the website for Ella McPherson's work related to her 2014-17 ESRC-funded research project, Social Media, Human Rights NGOs, and the Potential for Governmental Accountability.