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Title:A little antagonism might be nice: Investigation in information science
Author(s):Carter, Daniel; Sholler, Dan; Acker, Amelia
Illegal activities
Abstract:Academic research often claims to investigate phenomena, but we conventionally insist that such investigations take place with the consent of those being studied. In this blue sky paper, we suggest that information science researchers should consider the contexts in which it might be beneficial to violate this norm and pursue what we describe as antago-nistic investigation. In relation to illegal and socially harmful activities such as platform manipulation, fraud and the spread of propaganda, we argue that researchers should go against the wishes of those they're studying and possibly, in the process, violate privacy norms, challenge illegal activities and call for accountability as a result of research. While these investigative activities are not conventional in information science research, they draw on core strengths of the field and position researchers to produce impactful work on relevant and pressing topics.
Issue Date:2019-03-15
Series/Report:iConference 2019 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 Daniel Carter, Dan Sholler, and Amelia Acker
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-03-05

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