SMERF: Social Media, Ethics and Risk Framework

Mitchell, Ian ORCID logoORCID:, Cockerton, Tracey ORCID logoORCID:, Hara, Sukhvinder ORCID logoORCID: and Evans, Carl ORCID logoORCID: (2018) SMERF: Social Media, Ethics and Risk Framework. In: Cyber Criminology. Jahankhani, Hamid, ed. Advanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications . Springer, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 203-225. ISBN 9783319971803, e-ISBN 9783319971810. [Book Section] (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-97181-0_10)


Risk assessment is often considered where there is a potential danger involved in undertaking student projects. However, all too often this risk is associated with a physical environment and satisfying current legislation, it does not cover vulnerabilities undergraduates and postgraduates may be exposed to by completing and using Social Media in research. The risks of undertaking projects in Social Media and their impacts on society are identified and discussed, and are related to current counter-terrorism strategies to Acceptable Use Policies. This is followed by a proposed integrated Social Media, Ethics and Risk Framework (SMERF) to mitigate any risks and vulnerabilities to both the individual and organisation. Finally, a Quality Assurance and Risk Assessment life-cycle is proposed and recommendations are for SMERF to be reviewed annually and updated appropriately. This proposed framework aims to keep students engaged in up to date research whilst mitigating any vulnerabilities they may be exposed to.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology
Item ID: 24518
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Depositing User: Ian Mitchell
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2018 13:46
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2023 20:57

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