I meant to post this months ago but...better late than never, right? My slides on the Ethical Use of Twitter for #DigDisDet, presented at the 2nd International Conference on Digital Disease Detection, are available at Figshare. The video from the ethics panel should also be posted soon, so I'll update when that is available.
The Clif Notes version is that Twitter is a new and popular way for researchers to keep tabs on outbreaks, natural disasters, and a bunch of other public health issues. It's a wonderful resource, but with great power comes great responsibility. With Twitter data it's not hard to piece together way more information about an individual than they ever intended to share. I think we as researchers should take a few simple steps towards protecting the privacy and anonymity of those tweet authors - things like using data in aggregate, and not publishing tweet text or author handles.
I have a few more ideas written up (currently on the merry-go-round of journal review), so hopefully those will be available as an open access paper soon. Until then, you can find me @cmyeaton on Twitter if you want to talk more.
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