Privacy Considerations for Public Storytelling

June 2, 2014 | Ann Arbor, MI

Speaker: Christopher Wienberg
Host: The International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM-14)

The popularity of the web and social media have afforded re-
searchers unparalleled access to content about the daily lives
of people. Human research ethics guidelines, while actively
expanding to meet the new challenges posed by web research,
still rely on offline principles of interaction that are a poor
fit to modern technology. In this context, we present a study
of the identifiability of authors of socially sensitive content.
With the goal of identity obfuscation, we compare this to the
identifiability of the same content translated to and then back
from a foreign language, focusing on how easily a person
could locate the original source of the content. We discuss the
risk to these authors presented by dissemination of their con-
tent, and consider the implications for research ethics guide-