We clearly have entered the era of big data. Armed with petabytes of transaction data, clickstreams and cookie logs, as well as data from social networks, mobile phones, and the "internet of things," a wide range of economic interests, including consumer marketing, health care, manufacturing, education, and government, are now in pursuit of the value of data-driven decision-making that big data promises.
At the same time, the big data that increasingly fuels economic decision-making has emerged as a rich terrain for engaging in academic research and experimentation: think of the Facebook emotional contagion experiment of 2014, where the news feeds of nearly 700,000 users were altered [...] Read more
This week’s Research Ethics Roundup focuses on three different legal actions: one of the largest US Department of Agriculture (USDA) penalties in history is being issued over Animal Welfare Act violations; ACLU’s complaint against Myriad Genetics; and OkCupid’s legal actions after a dataset was controversially released by a researcher. Read more
This week’s Research Ethics Roundup focuses on new developments in primate and lab mice research, the replication problems arising in cancer research, and why the research community is embracing "open science" for researching the Zika virus. (more…) Read more
Recently, PRIM&R submitted comments to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) in response to their proposed requirements for sharing clinical trial data. PRIM&R stated that we fully support initiatives to promote data sharing on the grounds it enhances the value of clinical research and the participation of human research subjects. Read more
This week’s Research Ethics Roundup explores new developments for researchers who work with animal models, a new Institute of Medicine report on Agent Orange, and how scholars are reacting to the latest data sharing requirements. Read more