Ethical Research Protocols for Social Media Health Research

Adrian Benton, Glen Coppersmith, Mark Dredze


Abstract
Social media have transformed data-driven research in political science, the social sciences, health, and medicine. Since health research often touches on sensitive topics that relate to ethics of treatment and patient privacy, similar ethical considerations should be acknowledged when using social media data in health research. While much has been said regarding the ethical considerations of social media research, health research leads to an additional set of concerns. We provide practical suggestions in the form of guidelines for researchers working with social media data in health research. These guidelines can inform an IRB proposal for researchers new to social media health research.
Anthology ID:
W17-1612
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Proceedings of the First ACL Workshop on Ethics in Natural Language Processing
Month:
April
Year:
2017
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Valencia, Spain
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EthNLP | WS
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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94–102
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https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W17-1612
DOI:
10.18653/v1/W17-1612
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