Personal Data Out in the Open

August 21, 2014
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By Katie Kennedy

What you did not know about your personal data?

Reddit, Imgur, Twitch, and a couple other major internet portals are about to hand over reams and reams of user data to university professors to do research on. How can the sites do it while still maintaining users’ trust?

Earlier this summer, Facebook ran into trouble with just that, when it came out that the company was altering users’ newsfeeds in order to experiment on them. Now, a new initiative, called the Digital Ecologies Research Partnership (DERP) will allow researchers to access user information and posts from Reddit, Imgur, TwitchFark, and StackExchange.

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