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June 18, 2004

Understanding Internet Research Ethics Workshop Opening Keynote Discussion

The kickoff banquet for Understanding Internet Research Ethics Workshop was held earlier this evening. The keynote speaker was Elizabeth Buchanan, assistant professor and co-director of the Center for Information Policy Research at the School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee her talk was titled "Internet Research Ethics: An Introduction." It was a fairly small audience so there was lots of discussion. Much of the discussion centered on contextualizing ethics within the internet spaces we use as research locales. In particular there are two primary points I want to expand on a bit here.

The issue of anonymizing participants was raised. Initially the discussion was a binary choice either to make participants anonymous to protect their identities or we don't. I have long thought that this binary choice over simplifies the question and moves the lens in to micro-focus on our participants only. What is often forgotten is that anonymizing means that in pseudonymous environments researchers may be anonymizing the participant by changing their pseudonym to that of another participant who is unknown to us either in this or another similar environment. In essence we are protecting our participant by potentially indicting a person outside our study.

Two entangled issues surround the concept of public vs. private spaces were discussed at length. Researchers often present this discussion on a graph showing the two terms on a continuum while discussing the theories as though they too are binary concepts. The binary discussion privileges the participant's perception that their communication is private or public. This deontological discussion is valid but should not be the only questions asked in making the decision to treat the space in either manner; more needs to go into the discussion. Specifically do the "owners/operators" of the space as public or private? What access restrictions are present? Among other questions that must be considered by the researcher.

To give this theoretical discussion of cyberspace a down-to-earth example, let's say we have a privately owned park space. A gang utilizes the park as their space and feels a form of ownership for it. The gang treats the park space as private and limits access by other to the space. Who owns the park? Obviously the answer to the question is nuanced by the physical ownership, psychological ownership, and authorship of the discussions held within the park space.

Posted by prolurkr at June 18, 2004 02:25 AM

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