Aside from the issues of killing people, Social Network Analysis is
especially sensitive to misuse when individual people or organizations are
identified and targeted for particular purposes of the organization
sponsoring the research. This is true whether the organization is a
corporation that is using SNA for purposes of promotion or other kinds of
rewards rather that trying to understand, in general, how its systems work,
or an organization that uses SNA to target people who might be enemies.
We cannot do SNA without collecting data on particular individuals or
organizations. I try in my consulting to make sure that these data are not
used in inappropriate ways. I make this clear from the outset and insist
that I or my fellow researchers or consultants have exclusive control of
and access to the database that results. Generally, in working with the
military or with intelligence agencies, this condition is hard to enforce.
At 08:58 AM 8/15/2002 -0400, Sam Friedman wrote:
>I for one have ethical qualms about working for an organization whose
>stated aim is to kill people--and that performs this task rather often,
>and for purposes that further the economic degradation of human life all
>over the world and also contribute to the ecological crisis.
>As one of the people whose offices were destroyed on September 11, I
>also object to the fact that they often claim to do this in the names of
>my murdered building-mates--even though the policies and interests they
>defend are the same as those they did before that date.
>How do others feel?
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> >>> "Paul A. Branson" <[log in to unmask]> 08/15/02 01:04 AM >>>
>To the social network community,
>We have recently won a contract with the Army to conduct scientific
>research and knowledge econometric analysis at several commands. One of
>the analysis tools we use is Social Network analysis. It started as a
>small project, but due to popularity of our approach has since expanded
>to a project that could span a large section of the Army.
>IMII is interested in collaborating with researchers interested in
>social network analysis.
>We have also developed a software instrument in C# to conduct a variety
>of social network analysis and econometrics. We are interested in
>learning about current metrics that could be incorporated with within
>If you are interested in collaborating with us on a US Army project,
>please contact me at: [log in to unmask] .
>The hub of the project is located near Tucson, Arizona.
>Innovation Management Institute International (IMII)
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