Readings in Virtual Research Ethics: Issues and Controversies

Readings in Virtual Research Ethics: Issues and Controversies

by Buchanan




Readings in Virtual Research Ethics: Issues and Controversies provides an in-depth look at the emerging field of online research and the corresponding ethical dilemmas associated with it. Issues related to traditional research ethics such as autonomy or respect for persons, justice, and beneficence are extended into the virtual realm and such areas as subject selection and recruitment, informed consent, privacy, ownership of data, and research with minors, among many others are explored in the media and contexts of email surveys and interviews, synchronous chat, virtual ethnography, asynchronous discussion lists, and newsgroups.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591402893
Publisher: IGI Global
Publication date: 09/28/2003
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Buchanan is Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Information Policy Research at the School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USAbrennan. She researchers and teachers in the areas of information ethics and polity, research methods, information science and distance education pedagogy. She serves on the UWM Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects and has served as technology consultant for the Center for the Study of Bioethics at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Table of Contents

Section IFoundations of Virtual Research Ethics
Chapter I.Virtual Research Ethics: A Content Analysis of Surveys and Experiments Online1
Chapter II.Ethical Decision-Making and Internet Research: Recommendations from the AoIR Ethics Working Committee27
Chapter III.Ethics in Internet Ethnography45
Chapter IV.Conducting Congruent, Ethical, Qualitative Research in Internet-Mediated Research Environments62
Section IIMedia, Messages and Ethics?
Chapter V.Blurring the Boundaries: Ethical Considerations for Online Research Using Synchronous CMC Forums80
Chapter VI.When the Ethic is Functional to the Method: The Case of E-Mail Qualitative Interviews101
Chapter VII.The Ethics of Conducting E-Mail Surveys114
Chapter VIII.Organizational Research Over the Internet: Ethical Challenges and Opportunities130
Section IIIResearchers/Researched? Research Ethics in Practice
Chapter IX.Conducting Ethical Research Online: Respect for Individuals, Identities and the Ownership of Words156
Chapter X.Ethics and Engagement in Communication Scholarship: Analyzing Public, Online Support Groups as Researcher/Participant-Experiencer174
Chapter XI.Peering into Online Bedroom Windows: Considering the Ethical Implications of Investigating Internet Relationships and Sexuality203
Chapter XII.Co-Construction and Field Creation: Website Development as both an Instrument and Relationship in Action Research219
Chapter XIII.What If You Meet Face to Face? A Case Study in Virtual/Material Research Ethics246
Chapter XIV.Fact or Fiction: Notes of a Man Interviewing Women Online262
Section IVOnline Research with Minors--Special Considerations?
Chapter XV.Studying Adolescents Online: A Consideration of Ethical Issues274
Chapter XVI.Virtual Youth Research: An Exploration of Methodologies and Ethical Dilemmas from a British Perspective288
Section VA Call to Researchers
Chapter XVII.International Digital Studies: A Research Approach for Examining International Online Interactions317
Chapter XVIII.User-Centered Internet Research: The Ethical Challenge338
About the Authors351

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