What concerns do citizens have about the use of their social media data?

As we reported back in November 2014, the CaSMa Research team visited the Web We Want Festival hosted at the London South Bank Centre on the 28th to 30th of the month, and are very excited to share with you some of the fascinating insights offered across the weekend!

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Will 2015 be the year that people take control of their data?

PersonalDataContainerOver the last couple of years concerns about privacy and control of personal data have increasingly moved from the fringes of the hacker community (e.g. Chaos Computer Club) to the mainstream, driven there by seemingly endless reports of ethically questionable treatment of personal data by (social media) companies, the introduction of increasingly powerful ‘smart’ devices that capable of deep intrusions into people’s private lives, and seemingly never ending reports of privacy invasive behaviour by spy agencies.

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Social media and internet growth of 2014

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Although hindsight vision is said to be 20/20, information does not automatically equal insight. Here’s a small collection of aggregated information about the year that just left us. Even without going into speculation about what it means, it might prove sufficiently entertaining for a few minutes.

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EU data protection reform

EUDataProtectionReformThe EU regulatory framework for protection of personal data is undergoing major reform in order to tackle persisting differences between national data protection regimes across the EU. Additional objectives of the reform include strengthening data protection in line with its status as a fundamental right in the EU constitutional order, increasing public trust in online services, and minimising data controllers’ compliance burdens. As part of this reform the European Commission issued a proposal in  2012 for a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which is to replace the current Data Protection Directive (Directive 95/46/EC).

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Comment on: Striking a balance – Data protection vs Data Driven Innovation

Nesta_DatProtVDDIAs part of the continuing theme on Data Driven Innovation, Nesta published an article on their blog with the title “Striking a balance: Data protection vs. Data Driven Innovation”. In it they call for a debate for establishing the right balance between data protection and data driven innovation, to ensure that the UK economy does not suffer but also that personal data is not misused.

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CaSMa/CASS workshop: Corpus approaches to Social Media Analysis

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On December 12th,the CaSMa/CASS workshop on Corpus approaches to Social Medial Analysis took place at the University of Nottingham. The excellend workshop was delivered by Prof. Tony McEnery, Prof. Paul Baker, Dr. Claire Hardaker and Mark McGlashan from the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) at University of Lancaster.

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Lessons to be learned from the Samaritans Radar turmoil

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Learning from the mistakes of others is perhaps one of the most valuable lessons that the Samaritans Radar has offered to research communities concerned about privacy issues and the ethical treatment of social media data, from collection through to analysis.

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Update to UN data revolution report: “A World that Counts”

UNreport_AWolrdThatCountsUpdate to our blog item “Recommendations submitted to UN data revolution Expert Advisory Group” from October 28th. The final report from the UN Expert Advisory Group, titles “A World that Counts, mobilising the data revolution for sustainable development” was published in November 2014. While the primary focus of the report is on the potential for using rich data sources to improve local and global policy making towards achieving sustainable development, the report also acknowledges that the data revolution comes with a range of new risks.

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CaSMa event at Web We Want festival (29 & 30 November 2014)

WebWeWantOn November 29th and 30th CaSMa will participate in the 2nd Web We Want festival at London’s Southbank Centre. CaSMa will have a stand at the Interactive Market where we will present the work we are doing to develop and promote ethical social media research.

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The challenges of living in an era of rapid ICT innovation

ComputerHackiongThis week’s tech news took on a bleak hue when DarkHotel articles started popping up everywhere. The story is simple: some corporate executives using hotel provided internet access have been targeted by hackers for their (presumably) juicy data. It’s been going on for years, at an international scale and it manages to reach that little paranoid spot in us that’s so easily fuelled by the general blur of tentative tech skills and fast paced IT changes. Combine this with a codename worthy of 007 and you have an instant journalistic boon.

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Citizen-centric approaches to Social Media analysis

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