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Ethics in Internet Ethnography

Ethics in Internet Ethnography
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Author(s): Malin Sveningsson (Karlstad University, Sweden)
Copyright: 2008
Pages: 15
Source title: Information Security and Ethics: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Hamid Nemati (The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-937-3.ch234

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Abstract

Doing research and collecting data online is not the same as offline. This chapter discusses the wide range of possible ethical conflicts we are confronted with when we do Internet research, as well as how and in which cases existing ethical guidelines may be difficult to apply when our research field is online. It is also discusses how research ethics may be reconsidered: how we may think about, reason and make decisions when doing ethnographic Internet research. Above all, it illustrates the importance of reflecting and being conscious of our role as researchers and about the consequences that our research may have.

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