Ethics of internet research: contesting the human subjects model

Bassett, Elizabeth H and O'Riordan, Kate (2002) Ethics of internet research: contesting the human subjects model. Ethics and Information Technology, 4 (3). pp. 233-247. ISSN 1388-1957

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The human subjects research model is increasingly invoked in discussions of ethics for Internet research. Here we seek to question the widespread application of this model, critiquing it through the two themes of space and textual form. Drawing on our experience of a previous piece of research, we highlight the implications of re-considering the textuality of the Internet in addition to the spatial metaphors that are more commonly deployed to describe Internet activity. We argue that the use of spatial metaphors in descriptions of the Internet has shaped the adoption of the human subjects research model.Whilst this model is appropriate in some areas of Internet research such as email communication, we feel that researchers, when navigating the complex terrain of Internet research ethics, need also to consider the Internet as cultural production of texts.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: community - ethics - human subjects - Internet - LGBT - research - space - texts
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z0665 Library Science. Information Science
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Depositing User: Kate O'Riordan
Date Deposited: 12 May 2008
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2018 14:29
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