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In this eighth installment of “More Than Meets the IRB,” we talk with Thomas Rodebaugh (PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis) about the ethics of research involving social media data. The use of social media data by behavioral researchers recently made headlines after the publication of a study involving the manipulation of Facebook user data. In this conversation, we talk about the current state of research on the personal data we produce daily through interaction with websites and social media platforms. Topics include: The ethics of the Cornell Facebook study, the nature of vulnerability in social media, and ethical issues researchers face when accessing Big Data.

Correction: In this podcast we mistakenly refer to Dr. Rodebaugh as Assistant Professor. Dr. Rodebaugh is actually an Associate Professor, commensurate with his service at Washington University in St. Louis.

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