April 2, 2019 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm America/New York Timezone
College Park Marriott Conference and Visitor Center
Michael Zimmer

Join the PERVADE: Pervasive Data Ethics Team at the iConference 2019. Visit our booth to talk with data ethics researchers about your ethical challenges and successes dealing with pervasive data, and join us Tuesday 02-April-2019 1:30pm – 3:00pm (Room 0101) for a playful interactive session to share your experiences with other researchers.

The growing prevalence of data-rich networked information technologies—such as the internet of things, wearable devices, ubiquitous sensing, and social sharing platforms—brings a similar increase in the flow of rich, deep, and often identifiable personal information. These data flows across devices, platforms, and between users, are increasingly available to computational and data science researchers to capture and process. Increases in the scale, scope, speed, and depth of data-intensive computational activities, however, require that we continuously confront the ethical frameworks that guide research agendas across diverse disciplines.

To help the iConference community of researchers address the ethical challenges when using pervasive data, the PERVADE: Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research is hosting a playful “Pervasive Data Ethics Festivus!” to provide a forum for open and frank discussions of these emerging practices. Open to all iConference attendees, this session to be of most value to those researchers who use data gleaned from social media services, network traffic, wearables devices, internet of things, and related pervasive platforms.

What is a “Data Ethics Festivus”??
Borrowing from the parody celebration in the television comedy Seinfeld, the Pervasive Data Ethics Festivus! will facilitate the “airing of grievances” from the iConference community. Conference attendees will be encouraged to challenge, debate, refute, complain, and otherwise argue with ethical positions (e.g., requiring consent for social media data, not violating Terms of Service) and infrastructures (e.g., conference committees, IRBs) that they believe are misaligned with the conditions of doing empirically- and ethically-sound novel research. Further, the Pervasive Data Ethics Festivus! will include “feats of strength” where researchers can share, educate, and brag about their successes in resolving ethical challenges and roadblocks faced in the pursuit of their research agendas.

Can’t Make the Session? Stop at our Booth!
The PERVADE team is staffing a “confessional booth” in the Chesapeake Ballroom Foyer throughout the conference where we can chat about ethical challenges, roadblocks, and debates within the iConference community of researchers (either on-the-record with IRB-approved consent or incognito). You can also visit this Google Form to share your experiences (anonymously).