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Guinea Pigs on the Internet
Information Today - Medford
Subjects: United States; Telecommunications systems & Internet communications; Research & development
Author: Pike, George H
Date: Oct 2014
Start Page: 13
Pages: 1
Section: LEGAL ISSUES
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One of the minor perks of the author's day job at a major research university is the opportunity to be a guinea pig. Various research projects are always underway and often looking for volunteers to be poked, prodded, and tested, etc, in the name of scientific knowledge. Over a few years, she has completed a number of computer tests, had blood pressure checks, and even had a cool brain scan while playing computer games -- all in support of various projects. Occasionally, he'll walk away with a few dollars or a gift card in compensation. The researchers who ran the experiments, which included at least one Facebook staff member, have asserted that they did not have access to individual user data or identifiable users.

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