The deadline for submissions is February 27, 2016, 8pm PST.

Areas of Interest:
Relevant topics for this workshop include anything related to social media and ethics. What follows is a non-exhaustive list of topics.

Definitional and conceptual, including (but not limited to): changing conceptions of ethics and values (especially as they relate to traditional research ethics values of respect, beneficence, and justice), new and emerging concepts of data-based or other types of harm (e.g., algorithmic), public/private distinctions of content and data

Methodological and technical, including (but not limited to): practices and limits of anonymization of research participants, effective management and security of large-scale datasets, the role and implications of different (and mixed) methods for understanding data-intensive phenomena, data aggregation, handling and transmitting sensitive data, A/B testing

Professional, academic, and societal, including (but not limited to): the growing contributions of private industry and business research in domains once dominated by academic and scientific institutions, navigating academic/corporate research partnerships, articulating the potential or limits of existing professional codes of ethics for providing guidance with regard to “big data” practices, professional and moral obligations to research populations, informed consent, reproducibility, the relationship between ethics and scientific goals

Institutional and regulatory, including (but not limited to): the role and efficacy of IRBs or other formal oversight boards for computational social science-oriented research (as reflected, for example, in recent discussions of proposed revisions to the Common Rule in the United States), terms of service and other legal regulations

Call for Papers: We will accept two types of submissions for participation in this workshop, longer position papers and short statements of interest. Submissions will be reviewed by the workshop organizers, with external reviewers tapped as necessary depending on submission numbers.

Position papers should be no more than 5 pages and should be submitted in AAAI format (see author guidelines for ICWSM). These papers if accepted will be included in the ICWSM workshop proceedings. These papers should be on the topic of ethics in social media research, including but not limited to: (1) studies or works-in-progress related to ethics; (2) description of a particular approach to ethics, supported by your or others’ work; or (3) case studies of particular ethical challenges faced.

Statements of interest should be no more than two pages and can be submitted in any format. These documents will not be included in the workshop proceedings, but if accepted will be shared on the workshop website. Topics can be similar to position papers or can simply explain the potential participants’ interest in the subject matter and why they wish to participate in the workshop.

We invite proposals from researchers from both academia and industry, and would welcome a wide range of ethical approaches and disciplinary perspectives.

Attending: Note that the author of a submission, if accepted, will be expected to attend the workshop on May 17 in Germany as part of ICWSM. The default will be for one author per submission to attend; however, if you would like to request space for another author, please note so in your email and it may be possible, space permitting.

How to submit:  The deadline is February 27, 016 8pm PST. Please email a PDF of your position paper or statement of interest to You may also contact the organizers with any questions, at that address.