Tag Archives: Privacy

Lessons to be learned from the Samaritans Radar turmoil

Samaritans Radar

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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Web We Want festival

CaSMa will participate in the 2nd Web We Want festival at London’s Southbank Centre. We 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.

Activities at our stand will include:

  1. A presentation to raise awareness about social media analysis and the ways in which combined information from multiple sources can reveal more about you than might be immediately obvious from your social media activity.
  2. Information sheets about your fundamental rights to privacy and data protection.
  3. Brief interviews to survey your views and concerns about social media research and ethics of internet mediated research in general.

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The ‘Web We Want’ festival is dedicated to the idea that the World Wide Web can empower people to bring about positive change both in their own life and in the lives of others. The festival is part of the activities of the Web We Want movement, a global movement to defend, claim and change the future of the Web. Videos from the the 1st Web We Want festival that took place in September (27 & 28), also at London’s Southbank Centre, are available here.

“The [Web We Want] campaign is responding to threats to the future of the Web with a practical and positive vision — unleashing the power of people from around the world to defend, claim and change a Web that is for everyone. [With the] aim to bring about real change at a national and global level.”

“[The Web We Want campaign] focus[es] on using innovative approaches to build support for national and regional campaigns to create a world where everyone, everywhere is online and able to participate in a free flow of knowledge, ideas, collaboration and creativity over the open Web.”

“The Web We Want campaign will amplify, connect and strengthen local groups, especially in the developing world, building a movement to empower citizens to make, claim and shape the Web they want both nationally and globally, so as to achieve the world we want. Rooted in the vision of the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the goals of social justice, we convene around five key principles:

  1. Freedom of expression online and offline
  2. Affordable access to a universally available communications platform
  3. Protection of personal user information and the right to communicate in private
  4. Diverse, decentralised and open infrastructure
  5. Neutral networks that don’t discriminate against content or users”

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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Students & perspectives on privacy: it’s a jungle out there

Computers in the Wild?
Computers in the Wild?

In this week’s CaSMa blog entry I’d like to share with you my experience of a recent student workshop session that focused on perspectives and theories of privacy, designed, delivered and kindly approved for discussion in this post by Dr Dario Landa-Silva, Associate Professor in the University of Nottingham’s School of Computer Science.

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