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I've been wondering about this too.
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On Wed, 19 Jun 2013, Andrew J. Enterline wrote:
> Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2013 15:03:16 -0500
> From: Andrew J. Enterline <[log in to unmask]>
> To: Barry Wellman <[log in to unmask]>
> Cc: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [SOCNET] puzzling omissions
> i am a political scientist and merely a consumer of the SOCNET discussions,
> which i enjoy and learn from. over the past week, i was struck by lack of
> response to barry wellman's post regarding the absence of a discussion about
> the recent revelations concerning the NSA ("puzzling omissions," 6/14).
> indeed, this dearth was thrown into even greater relief by the impressive
> buzz regarding attribution for achievements in network analysis and the
> veracity of information on wikipedia.
> while most of us are rarely trained in the normative and ethical implications
> of our pursuit of normal science, it seems to me that pondering the social,
> political, and economic ethical implications of the science we do is an
> important exercise, even if it is difficult and often inconclusive. political
> science certainly has a long history (even preceding its modern incarnation)
> rife with examples of theories not used for "good", or well-intentioned
> efforts to implement theories for the good that go awry. the post-WWII qualms
> of hard scientists wrestling with the implications of their creations is also
> notable, and helped motivate the field of peace science. yet, even peace
> science is cut through with a normative tension: if one is a peace scientist,
> can one do research demonstrating how to win wars that may in turn be used by
> i simply wonder what scientists of social networks think about these
> normative issues in their general form, rather than as an indictment of a
> specific government policy, the NSA, and so forth. perhaps it is simply
> better to address the negative implications of network analysis in fora other
> than science (e.g., politics), to forge ahead confident that when the chips
> fall where they may, good outcomes will exceed the bad?
> On 6/14/2013 8:09 AM, Barry Wellman wrote:
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>> I am flabbergasted that there has been no discussion on this list -- or
>> even announcement -- of the NSA's use of social network analysis to do
>> massive surveillance of American and unAmerican populations.
>> Nor any talk of the Turkish situation -- seems to fit Chuck Tilly's
>> network-basis analyses of collective political behaviour.
>> Barry Wellman
>> S.D. Clark Professor FRSC NetLab Director
>> Faculty of Information (iSchool) 611 Bissell Building
>> 140 St. George St. University of Toronto Toronto Canada M5S 3G6
>> http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~wellman twitter: @barrywellman
>> NETWORKED:The New Social Operating System. Lee Rainie & Barry Wellman
>> MIT Press http://amzn.to/zXZg39 Print $22 Kindle $16
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