This week’s interesting links…

(Image c/o Paulo Brandao on Flickr.)

There were, of course, a number of articles posted online about the research recently conducted on Facebook. Here’s a selection of some of the best pieces online:

Facebook’s ‘experiment’ was socially irresponsible. Letter sent to The Guardian by the British Psychological Society expressing concerns about the research. (The Guardian)

The Facebook furore. Article at The Psychologist exploring what the study found, whether it was ethical and the subsequent fallout. (The Psychologist)

The Facebook Experiment: the ‘why’ questions…. Paul Bernal, lecturer in Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Media Law in the UEA School of Law, asks why Facebook conducted the study and why they published it in an ‘academic’ form. (Paul Bernal’s blog)


What happens to the cool kids when they grow up? Article exploring the findings of a research paper on how ‘cool kids’ develop, including the author’s opinion of its limitations. You can read the original research paper here. (BPS Research Digest)

Student satisfaction with university education on rise. The Guardian reports on a study conducted by the Higher Education Funding Council for England which suggests a rise in student satisfaction. (The Guardian)

Half of all British children believe online content should be free: study. Study finds that a large proportion of under-16s believe that you should be able to download online content for free. (The Guardian)

Is Google trying to get the right to be forgotten retracted? Interesting article looking at the other big technological fall-out of the week – Google’s action following the EU’s right to be forgotten ruling. (Wired)

A fifth of all websites blocked by web filters. A study by the Open Rights Group (ORG) has found that a fifth of all websites have been blocked by web filters. You can check if your website has been affected using ORG’s Blocked website. (Wired)

Find more interesting links via my two Flipboard magazines: Psychology Update and HE News & Commentary.


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