While Social Science One touts the benefit to society of slicing and dicing the data to gain insights, no one is benefiting more than the researchers themselves—their papers are going to be awesome! So, at the risk of turning the room against me, I posed the question: ”Why should Facebook be turning over its data to outsiders?”
Persily had a compelling answer: “We are now living in a society where the most important data relating to data and communications is locked up in one company.” It’s for the good of everyone, he says, for academics to get their hands on it.
Frågan om insyn i användarbeteende och annat på Facebook har pågått länge. Nu har Facebook gjort ett stort dataset tillgängligt för den akademiska världen.
— Källa: Wired