A Potential Ethical Dilemma

September 19, 2014Comments Off on A Potential Ethical Dilemma

Here's a potential problem. 

We're getting very good at identifying the people most likely to disrupt a community. 

This includes their demographics and early actions in a community. 

We can usually tell if someone will troll/disrupt a community based upon:

a) Whether they complete their profile.

b) Whether they integrate with an existing FB/Twitter account.

b) Whether they make standard early-discussions in a community.

d) The early language they use in the community (and length of posts)

c) Their age/gender.

d) Whether they connect with/know any existing members.

The big, ethical, question is this:

Should we remove these people before they have a chance to disrupt the community? 

The combination of research from social science, big data sets, and improvements in semantic analyses means this Minority Report scenario could face us quicker than we might anticipate. 

I don't have an answer to this. But it's worth thinking about. 


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