Recent Ethical Challenges in Social Network Analysis (recsna17) Workshop

5-6 December 2017
Paris, France

A two day workshop hosted by the MSH (Maison des Sciences de l'Homme) Paris Saclay (*) and organized by the Social Network Analysis Group of British Sociological Association (BSA SNAG), in collaboration with: the European Network on Digital Labor (ENDL) and the Social Networks group of the French Sociological Association (AFS RT 26 – Réseaux Sociaux).

Research on social networks is experiencing unprecedented growth, fuelled by the consolidation of the field of social network analysis and the increasing availability of data from digital networking platforms. However, it raises formidable ethical issues that often fall outside existing regulations and guidelines. New tools to collect, treat, store personal data expose both research participants and practitioners to specific risks. Issues of political use or economic capture of scientific results transcend standard research concerns. Legal and social ramifications of studies on personal ties and human networks surface at an unprecedented pace.

We invite contributions from social networks researchers to further advance ethical reflection in the face of these new research challenges. We welcome submissions of abstracts for paper presentations, as well as expressions of interest to be panel discussants or session chairs. Read the full call for papers.

The workshop will take place on the 5th (full day) and 6th (morning) December 2017 in Paris, with open keynote sessions to be held at the Hôtel de Lauzun, a 17th century palace in the heart of historic Île de la Cité.

Keynote speakers:

  • José Luis Molina, Autonomous University of Barcelona, HyperEthics: A Critical Account
  • Bernie Hogan, Oxford Internet Institute, Privatising the personal network: Ethical challenges for social network site research

Registration is free but mandatory, and can be for one or both days.

More information is available on the workshop website.