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"This is without a doubt one of the most grossly unprofessional, unethical and reprehensible data releases I have ever seen," writes Oliver Keyes, a social computing researcher*, on his blog.
A separate paper by Kirkegaard and describing the methods they used in the Ok Cupid data scrape (also published on the Open Science Framework) contains another big ethical red flag.
"We thought dating would be the obvious choice."The idea was for single people to make videos introducing themselves and saying what they were looking for, said Chen.
After five days no one had uploaded a single video, so he and the other co-founders, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim, reconsidered.
The users hail from a few dozen countries around the world.
"That's going to require some follow-up." Even transparent science may need some gatekeeping. The data has been downloaded nearly 500 times so far, and some are already analyzing it.
They knew they had something with the underlying technology that made it easy for people to upload videos to the Internet. "Let's just open it up to any video."The matchmaking element, though short-lived, was perhaps always in the cards.
Chen said the founders registered the domain name You Tube on February 14, more than a decade ago.
(There are some exceptions to the informed consent rule, but those do not apply when there's a chance a person's identity can be linked to sensitive information.) This data scrape, and potential future studies built on it, won't provide any of those protections.
And scientists who use this data set may be in breach of the standard ethical code.
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Kirkegaard, the lead author, is a graduate student at Aarhus University in Denmark.