What can we learn from the Facebook data scandal?

social mediaBusiness IT DepartmentDigital Design DepartmentprivacyAske KammerBrit Ross WinthereikIrina Shklovski

May 7, 2018

The Cambridge Analytica scandal where data from 87 million Facebook users was abused has raised concerns and debate about the implications of sharing personal data with global tech companies. Here, three ITU researchers reflect on what we can learn from the scandal.

Raffaele Ciriello.

New social media can give power back to the users

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February 13, 2018

New blockchain-based social media are gaining ground and challenging established platforms, such as Facebook, for example by paying their users in crypto currency for producing, sharing and liking content. These new media have the potential to give back control to the users, but according to Raffaele Ciriello, who is doing research on the topic, they also raise new ethical and legal issues.

New research project to investigate refugees’ use of IT

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October 24, 2017

The Velux Foundations has granted the research project Diginauts with DKK six million to investigate how refugees use their mobile phones and other digital devices to navigate geographically and socially during their travel through Europe.

Forestillingen om Facebooks ekkokamre er overdrevet.

New survey: The notion of echo chambers on Facebook is exaggerated

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September 5, 2017

A new survey by the research group DECIDIS at the IT University of Copenhagen challenges the notion that social media make users with different political positions invisible to each other. Nearly a third of Danes sometimes change their opinion as a result of a political discussion on Facebook.


Internet and social media played a key role in the Danish election 2015

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September 5, 2016

Danes turn to the web and social media for information about the candidates and test their own political views online, shows a new report with figures from the general election in 2015.


Danes are reluctant to discuss politics on Facebook

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June 15, 2016

Although social media has given us new opportunities to participate in the public debate, most Danes are hesitant to discuss politics with strangers online. When they do occur, however, Facebook debates can change political opinions, shows a new report from the IT University of Copenhagen.

Troels Madsen.

Social sign language dictionary gives deaf students new opportunities

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May 11, 2016

Troels Madsen has created Wign, an online sign language dictionary where deaf people can share and search for signs. This is especially useful in higher education, where many technical terms do not have an official sign.

Crypto Conference

Online privacy conference draws a full house

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March 31, 2016

Auditorium 1 was filled to capacity during ITU’s first Crypto Conference on Wednesday, which featured presentations by a string of experts on digital surveillance and privacy.


Social media can save lives when disaster strikes

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February 16, 2016

Twitter, Facebook and other social media have created new opportunities to inform and respond when disaster strikes. In her PhD project at the IT University of Copenhagen, Alivelu Mukkamala looks into how data from social media can be used to improve disaster response.

Tonsser logo.

ITU startups: Tonsser

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February 15, 2014

Tonsser is an ambitious football related community - a lifelike version of the classic Football Manager game so to speak - and the plan is to take over the world.