Fellow Dr. Katharina E. Kinder-Kurlanda

Dr. Katharina E. Kinder-Kurlanda

GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

  Fellow at CAIS November 2019, from January  to February 2020


Ethical Practices in Social Media Data Work

In my fellowship I use qualitative, semi-structured expert interviews to investigate ethical practices in social media research. Ethical decision points arise in different stages of a research project employing social media data: Which data may be collected, which methods should be used and which results should be published? Have the users of a specific platform agreed to research, what are their expectations regarding the protection of their privacy? Who benefits from research results?

The aim of the fellowship is to focus on ethical challenges at the interface between data infrastructures, commercial platform providers and methodological research requirements as they arise in research employing Big Data from social media and other sources. In such research, internet-mediated phenomena like specific economies of data and attention contribute to changed research contexts in various disciplines. New data practices emerge that ask us to rethink conventions within scientific knowledge production more generally.

Main Research Topics
  • Data Ethics
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Big Data
  • Web Science
  • Data Management and Archiving
Curriculum Vitae
  • Since 2016: Senior Researcher & Team Leader ‘Data Linking & Data Security’, GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Cologne, Germany
  • 2012 – 2016: Postdoc Researcher, GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Cologne, Germany
  • 2008 – 2012: Research Associate & Visiting Lecturer, Lancaster University Management School, UK
  • 2004 – 2009: PhD in Management Science, Lancaster University, UK
  • 1997 – 2004: Magister (MA) in Cultural Anthropology / European Ethnology with Computer Science and History as minor subjects, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Germany and Johann Wolfgang Goethe – University Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Publications and presentations
  • Kinder-Kurlanda, K. (forthcoming): Big Social Media Data als epistemologische Herausforderung für die Soziologie. Soziale Welt. Sonderband „Digitale Soziologie – Soziologie des Digitalen?“
  • Kinder-Kurlanda, K. (2019): Privatheitsschutz durch Open Data und Trusted Third Parties: Plädoyer für die öffentliche Kontrolle sozialer Daten In: Friedewald, M., Ochs, C. Hess, T., Lamla, J. (eds.): Die Zukunft der Datenökonomie: Zwischen Geschäftsmodell, Kollektivgut und Verbraucherschutz, Springer, Reihe: Medienkulturen im digitalen Zeitalter, 103-116.
  • Kinder-Kurlanda, K. (2018): New ethics for the web and for the web scientist? In: Report from Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshop 18262. 10 Years of Web Science: Closing The Loop. Edited by Susan Halford, James A. Hendler, Eirini Ntoutsi, and Steffen Staab. Dagstuhl Reports, Vol. 8, Issue 06, 185.
  • Kinder-Kurlanda, K., Weller, K., Zenk-Möltgen, W., Pfeffer, J., Morstatter, F. (2017): Archiving Information from Geotagged Tweets to Promote Reproducibility and Comparability in Social Media Research. Big Data & Society 4 (2), 1-14.
  • Kinder-Kurlanda, K. (2017): Big Data. In: Koch, G. (ed.): Digitisation: Theories and Concepts for Empirical Cultural Research. New York: Routledge, 158-176.
  • Zimmer, M., Kinder-Kurlanda, K. (2017) (eds.): Internet Research Ethics for the Social Age: New Cases and Challenges. New York et al.: Peter Lang.