Can sensitive data be shared in an ethical way?

Crisis Text Line is making their data available for research that will help people in crisis.

Crisis Text Line offers free crisis support via text message. Bob Filbin, the Chief Data Scientist, discusses their new plan to make data available to researchers who meet stringent requirements and whose research will help people in crisis.

Check out this previous Spark interview about text message counselling.


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