Personal internet archives and ethics

TitlePersonal internet archives and ethics
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsLomborg, S
JournalResearch Ethics
Date Published2013
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsData , EMPIRICAL , ethical , Internet , Perceived , personal , research , SOCIAL , the , Web
AbstractIn its ethics guidelines, the Association of Internet Researchers advocates a bottom-up, case-based approach to research ethics, one that emphasizes that ethical judgement must be based on a sensible examination of the unique object and circumstances of a study, its research questions, the data involved, and the expected analysis and reporting of results, along with the possible ethical dilemmas arising from the case. This article clarifies and illustrates the mind-set and process of such a bottom-up approach to internet research ethics. Two ethics concepts to think with, namely ‘the distance principle’, and the notion of ‘perceived privacy’, are introduced and applied in a concrete empirical internet study, in which web archives based on personal communications on social media formed the main body of data. The empirical case example serves to highlight the unique challenges of internet research ethics, in light of the blurring boundaries between text and person, and between private and public on the internet, with profound implications and challenges for the definition of human subjects, privacy, and so on.
NotesLomborg, Stine 1; Affiliation: 1: University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Source Info: Mar2013, Vol. 9 Issue 1, p20; Subject Term: WEB archives; Subject Term: RESEARCH -- Moral & ethical aspects; Subject Term: DATA analysis; Subject Term: ETHICAL problems; Subject Term: INTERNET research; Subject Term: PERSONAL communication service systems; Subject Term: SOCIAL media; Subject Term: EMPIRICAL research; Author-Supplied Keyword: internet research ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: perceived privacy; Author-Supplied Keyword: social media; Author-Supplied Keyword: the distance principle; Author-Supplied Keyword: web archives; NAICS/Industry Codes: 517210 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite); NAICS/Industry Codes: 519120 Libraries and Archives; Number of Pages: 12p; Document Type: Article