Insights on Privacy and Ethics from the Web’s Most Prolific Storytellers (bibtex)
by Wienberg, Christopher and Gordon, Andrew S.
Abstract:
An analysis of narratives in English-language weblogs reveals a unique population of individuals who post personal stories with extraordinarily high frequency over extremely long periods of time. This population includes people who have posted personal narratives everyday for more than eight years. In this paper we describe our investigation of this interesting subset of web users, where we conducted ethnographic, face-to-face interviews with a sample of these bloggers (n = 11). Our ndings shed light on a culture of public documentation of private life, and provide insight into these bloggers' motivations, interactions with their readers, honesty, and thoughts on research that utilizes their data. We discuss the ethical implications for researchers working with web data, and speak to the relationship between large datasets and the real people behind them.
Reference:
Insights on Privacy and Ethics from the Web’s Most Prolific Storytellers (Wienberg, Christopher and Gordon, Andrew S.), In Proceedings of WebSci15, ACM, 2015.
Bibtex Entry:
@inproceedings{wienberg_insights_2015,
	address = {Oxford, UK},
	title = {Insights on {Privacy} and {Ethics} from the {Web}’s {Most} {Prolific} {Storytellers}},
	url = {http://ict.usc.edu/pubs/Insights%20on%20Privacy%20and%20Ethics%20from%20the%20Web's%20Most%20Prolific%20Storytellers.pdf},
	abstract = {An analysis of narratives in English-language weblogs reveals a unique population of individuals who post personal stories with extraordinarily high frequency over extremely long periods of time. This population includes people who have posted personal narratives everyday for more than eight years. In this paper we describe our investigation of this interesting subset of web users, where we conducted ethnographic, face-to-face interviews with a sample of these bloggers (n = 11). Our  ndings shed light on a culture of public documentation of private life, and provide insight into these bloggers' motivations, interactions with their readers, honesty, and thoughts on research that utilizes their data. We discuss the ethical implications for researchers working with web data, and speak to the relationship between large datasets and the real people behind them.},
	booktitle = {Proceedings of {WebSci15}},
	publisher = {ACM},
	author = {Wienberg, Christopher and Gordon, Andrew S.},
	month = jun,
	year = {2015},
	keywords = {The Narrative Group, UARC},
	pages = {1 --10}
}
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