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Digital Wildfires: respond now at the Digital Catapult!

The Digital Wildfires project (University of Oxford) and the CaSMa project (University of Nottingham) are organizing a one-day workshop to discuss the impact of (provocative) social media content, the (responsible) use of social media data and the balance between concerns over the harms cause by social media posts with the rights to freedom of speech.

Our showcase workshop brings together researchers and key stakeholders from government, law enforcement, commerce, education and civil society to foster debate on these important questions. The workshop will include:
• speaker presentations
• a discussion roundtable
• a youth panel
• a keynote address by Baroness Beeban Kidron, founder of the iRights campaign for children and young people
• viewing of artwork produced on the theme of Digital Wildfires
• opportunities for networking and debate
• lunch and refreshments provided.


Preliminary Programme

Digital Wildfire: respond now at the Digital Catapult!

  • 10.15 – 10.40
    Arrival and coffee
  • 10.40 – 10.50
    Welcome – Marina Jirotka, University of Oxford
  • 10.50 – 11.10
    – Introduction to Digital Wildfire project – Marina Jirotka, University of Oxford
    – Introduction to CaSMa project – Ansgar Koene, University of Nottingham
  • 11.10 – 12.15
    Keynote address: Baroness Beeban Kidron – iRights
    Introduced by Elvira Perez Vallejos, University of Nottingham
  • 12.15 – 13.15
  • 13.15 -15.45
    Panel presentations: Order of presentations tbc.
    – Dhiraj Murthy, Goldsmiths College
    – Anna Jönsson, Kick it Out
    – Iain Bourne, Information Commissioner’s Office
    – Rob Procter, University of Warwick
    – Marion Oswald, University of Winchester
    – Carl Miller, Demos
    – Tom Sorell, University of Warwick
    Panels chaired by William Housley, Cardiff University and Bernd Stahl, De Montfort University
  • 15.45-16.15
    Coffee break
  • 16.15 – 17.15
    Discussion roundtable: The responsible governance of social media
    – Paul Giannasi, Ministry of Justice
    – Adam Edwards, Cardiff University
    – Penny Duquenoy, University of Middlesex
    – Gabrielle Guillemin, Article 19
    Roundtable chaired by Tom Rodden, University of Nottingham
  • 17.15-18.00
    Youth panel: Panel chaired by Elvira Perez Vallejos, University of Nottingham
  • 18.00 – 18.10
    Closing remarks – Marina Jirotka, University of Oxford
  • 18.10 – 19.00
    Drinks and viewing session for youth panel entries and Digital Wildfire project artwork

The event is free to attend, but places are limited and it is necessary to register. If you would like to attend, please contact helena.webb@cs.ox.ac.uk

Twitter tool workshop (POET project)

TwitterWorkshopOn Monday 7 December we ran a half-day workshop as part of the POET (Public Outreach Engagement Tool) project. For this workshop we invited Twitter using academics, students and administrative staff (e.g. University communications unit; Library  support) to join us for some brainstorming sessions around the features that a tool should have in order to help to optimise the effectiveness of public engagement through Twitter. The outcomes of this workshop will feed directly into the design of a Twitter tool that is currently being developed at Horizon Digital Economy Research.

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Twitter POET (Public Outreach Evaluation Tool) workshop

As part of two Horizon Digital Economy Research projects (CaSMa & CREATe) we are developing a tool to help Twitter users measure and improve the impact of their social media activity.

This is a half-day workshop to get input from Twitter users regarding the features that you would look for in a tool to help you to optimise the effectiveness of your public engagement through Twitter. The outcomes of this workshop will feed directly into the design of a Twitter tool that is currently being developed at Horizon Digital Economy Research.

Date: Monday December 7th
Time: 9:15 to 12:00am
Place: room B2, Hemsley, Park Campus


  • 9:15-9:30 Welcome
  • 9:30-9:45 Summary of findings from an interview study we previously conducted regarding Twitter use by academics
  • 9:45-10:15 Brainstorming of features for a Public Outreach Evaluation Tool
  • 10:15-10:30 Presentation of brainstorming results
  • 10:30-10:45 Break
  • 10:45-11:00 Demonstration of the current stage of our Twitter analysis tool
  • 11:00-11:30 Brainstorming of features for a Public Outreach Evaluation Tool
  • 11:30-11:45 Presentation of brainstorming results
  • 11:45-12:00 Information/invitation for future interviews and/or Twitter data analysis studies.

Please e-mail me at ansgar.koene_at_nottingham.ac.uk to sign up before November 30th, so that we can estimate the number of attendees.

iRight Youth Juries: Promoting Digital Rights

child judgecorp_civilcourt Three-quarters of British adults are concerned over unauthorised access to their private information online. Parents in particular are becoming highly concerned about the challenges, risks and consequences that social media usage, cyberbullying, data privacy and online behaviour may have on users, especially children and young people. Much debate is now contemplating the possibility of re-balancing the power between citizens, government and corporations to ensure that civic and human rights in the physical word also apply in the digital one. To explore these issues and promote digital literacy among the general population, the CaSMa research team presents an innovative format to bring people together and facilitate reflection on digital rights. During the event, the audience will watch a short movie and be invited to become part of a ‘jury’ that will discuss: – What are digital rights? – What should potential and possible digital rights be? – Ways in which digital rights (or their absence) can affect us. – Ways of further engaging with the general population in thinking about and acting upon digital rights. This ‘jury’ approach is similar to a focus group, but one in which participants have an explicit objective of arriving at specific recommendations, thereby promoting a sense of responsibility amongst the group, and enhancing discussion. Once the participants have had an opportunity to engage with the issues of digital rights, and experience the ‘jury’ based method, they will be presented with research outcomes from a project which used this method with children and young people, called iRights Youth Juries. There will then be ample opportunity to discuss the findings with our research team. The jury brings an engaging element to the ESRC Festival and an effective tool to facilitate discussion, reflection and learning on digital rights. By becoming part of a jury, participants will experience first-hand this research method and further understand connections between drama education and digital education. We will promote the event to the general public through our proposed venue, Galleries of Justice, through local media and city council events listings, the CaSMa project website: https://casma.wp.horizon.ac.uk/, and our network of stakeholder partners including iRights.

To register for the event, go to: http://irightsyouthjuries.eventbrite.co.uk

UK Data Service – Human Rights organizations data insight

UKDS logoLast week Thursday and Friday the ESRC and UK Data Services ran a workshop on “supporting human rights organizations to deliver insight from data”. Attendees for this workshop consisted of a mix of human rights organizations [Save the Children, Advocates for International Development, Fair Trials, the Ariadne network (European funders for social change and human rights), Housing Association Charitable Trust, the British Institute of Human Rights, Medaille trust, Freedom from Torture] and organizations or university researchers with relevant expertise in data management and/or analysis [UK Data Service, Surrey University, New Philanthropy Capital, The Times, The Guardian, the GESIS-Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences, King’s College London, DataKind UK, University of Manchester, COSMOS, CaSMa].

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BAAL workshop on Ethics of Online Research Methods

BAAL Language and New Media SIG 2015 Workshop

Workshop aims

Today, more than ever, data are widely accessible, visible, and searchable for research in digital media contexts. At the same time, new data types and collection methods challenge existing approaches to research ethics and raise significant and difficult questions for researchers who design, undertake and disseminate research in and about digital environments.
The aims of this workshop are to bring together researchers who use online research methods and data in different subfields of applied linguistics, to discuss ethical considerations in online data collection and analysis, to identify challenges and share solutions to ethical issues arising from applied linguistics research.

Keynote speakers

Alexandra Georgakopoulou (King’s College London)
Claire Hardaker (Lancaster University)
Annette Markham (Aarhus University, Denmark)
Stephen Pihlaja (Newman University, Birmingham)

Contact Details

Tereza Spilioti, email: SpiliotiT1@cardiff.ac.uk
Helen Clifford, email : encap-events2015@cardiff.ac.uk


CaSMa provided two contributions to this workshop:

Ansgar Koene presented: Participant Consent and Withdrawal when using publicly archived data

Abstract: In this paper we start by critically analysing the publicness of various types of online archived data and discussing under which conditions such archives relieve researchers from their ethical requirement to seek consent from, and provide opportunities for withdrawal to, participants. We will argue that, from the perspective of the participants who contribute data to online platforms, most online data cannot be classified into binary categories of public of private, but lies within a spectrum between these extremes. If we consider, for instance, the way in which many people use Twitter, we observe that twitter conservations often take the form of discourses within friend networks rather than public announcements. By analogy we might consider such conversations akin to a discussion between acquaintances in a public space, like a café. While the participants are willing to accept that their conversation can be heard by other people in same space, they would not be comfortable with the idea that someone is systematically eavesdropping and analysing their discussion. We should note in this context that the fact Twitter automatically archives such conversations is not consciously considered by most Twitter users. In the second half of our paper we take a closer look at the case of Twitter for which we will discuss a range of participant consent and withdrawal procedures. We will present the outcome of a feasibility pilot in which we surveyed the willingness of Twitter users to provide informed consent for having past tweets analysed when the specific research question is clearly explained to them. Based on this survey we will also discuss if, and how, the filtering of participants based on willingness to consent might skew the resulting data. We conclude with a set of recommendations for participant consent and withdrawal procedures to be used when accessing online archived data.


Elvira Perez Vallejos presented: Ethical considerations for online mental health communication research

Abstract: Young people experience severe and potentially long-lasting psychological difficulties, yet many perceive difficulties in communicating their concerns to professionals and only a fraction receive available support services. We propose to investigate the linguistic strategies with which adolescents present mental health concerns in online settings, the barriers they identify in communicating their experiences and how these might be alleviated. The study will utilise an interdisciplinary team, applying expertise in applied linguistics and human computer interaction to elucidate adolescents’ expressions and experiences of psychological distress. Relevant for this workshop will be the ethical considerations regarding informed consent, trust, anonymity issues, privacy and the right to withdraw. We will discuss the potential challenges regarding data access and analysis from a user centric perspective and potential solutions such as explicit opt-out/opt-in recruitment strategies. The results will inform subsequent planning and design of online research including vulnerable young people.

iRights Youth Juries


On April 9th the first two iRights Youth Juries were held at University of Nottingham. In collaboration with the civil society initiative, iRights, and Prof. Coleman’s lab from University of Leeds, CaSMa will be running 12 Youth Juries to allow children and young people to have a say about their rights on the internet. At the Youth Juries groups of 10 to 15 participants, aged 12-17, are asked to consider, debate and share ideas about the future of the internet.

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iRights Nottingham Youth Juries

What are the iRights Youth Juries?
The iRights Youth Juries are special events to allow children and young people to have a say about their rights on the internet. At the Youth Juries participants will be asked to consider, debate and share ideas about the future of the internet.

What are they aiming to achieve?
The results of the Youth Juries will feed into a major national report, which will be published by iRights in collaboration with The University of Leeds and The University of Nottingham (CaSMa). The report will provide evidence about young people’s views on the future of the internet and their rights online and will feed into future policy by government, industry and academic networks as a part of the wider iRights campaign to highlight the importance of young people’s rights on the internet.

Who can take part?
The Youth Juries are open to young people aged 12-17 years from a wide range of backgrounds and areas. Each Youth Jury will be attended by a group of 10-15 young people. Participants don’t need to have any experience or qualifications to take part.

What can I expect at the Youth Jury?
The Youth Jury will be highly interactive and will feature actors and scenarios as a way of sparking debate. It will be fun and engaging, and will allow the space for everyone to put their opinions across. Participants will be asked to complete a short survey at the beginning and end of each jury session’


Ethics for Business & Personal Data

CaSMa is please to invite regional SMEs to our first interactive workshop on Business and Data Ethics in the digitally connected world.

After an initial general discussion of Ethics and the importance of ethical business practices, the workshop will focus on questions relating to ethical practices when dealing with business and customer data. Special attention will be paid to considering the perspective of the customer, or business relation, when thinking about how to handle data relating to them.

Workshop Programme

14:00                     Arrival and registration

14:05                     Session 1: Business Ethics
Facilitated by Dr Elvira Perez Vallejos and Ramona Statache

  1. Ice breaker… what do we already know?
  2. Ethics, Morals and Ethical codes in SMEs
  3. Benefit of Business Ethics

14:45                     Coffee break

15:00                    Session 2: Data Ethics
Facilitated by Dr Ansgar Koene

  1. Business Ethics vs Data Ethics
  2. Four Areas of Tension Regarding Data
  3. Best Practice Guide: What to consider when faced with data

15:45                     Summing up and evaluation

16:00                     Close

This workshop is part of the Ingenuity Workshops series that is run by the University of Nottingham Business Engagement and Innovation Services

From Social Media Research, to Researchers & Social Media

IMG_0182This week saw a slight shift in focus for one member of the CaSMa team, as Chris went out to speak to doctoral students about how social media can be used not only as a promising site for academic research, but to raise the profile of their work and professional reputation as researchers.

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