Washington Post: Facebook hides data showing it harms users. Outside scholars need access.

Washington Post: Facebook hides data showing it harms users. Outside scholars need access.. “Some models exist for analogous research on sensitive government databases, such as those overseen by the Census Bureau, Internal Revenue Service or Defense Department; and protocols exist, too, for studying biomedical and other highly personal data. But getting access to Facebook and Google’s data represents a challenge that is different in kind and degree. It’s not much of an exaggeration to say that almost all of human experience is now taking place on these platforms, which control intimate communications between individuals and possess voluminous information about what users read, forward, ‘like’ and purchase. Several ingredients seem important to insuring the success of a new data-access regime for independent researchers.”

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