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Social Media and Public Safety
Consent to Participate in a Research Study
Project: Automated Social Media Safety and Security System
This project aims to better identify Public Safety and Crime incidents that
are described on social media. To do this we have to be able to
automatically parse social media posts an extract relevant information,
classify the posts and identify where the incident might have happened
If you agree to be part of the research study, you will be asked to look
at a number of social media posts and give us information if they are
crime or public safety incidents.
You will also be asked to identify if posts contain any location
Benefits of the research: This research will help us better
understand how South Africans speak about crime and public safety on social
Risks and discomforts: It is unlikely, but there might be incidents
described that might be disturbing. Secondly for your security, the server is
secure and the web application does not capture any personal
Participating in this study is completely voluntary. Even if you decide
to participate now, you may change your mind and stop at any time.
Withdrawal: You may choose not to answer any of the questions. If you
answer all questions and submit, you cannot withdraw at a later stage. If
you answer partially and you choose to stop your answers will be discarded,
indicating a withdrawal.
Requirements: You must be 18 years or older. You must be able to read
If you have questions about this research study, you may contact Dr. Vukosi
By clicking on Start, you are agreeing to participate in the study.