Undoing Ethics: Rethinking Practice in Online Research by Natasha Whiteman

By Natasha Whiteman

This publication outlines a framework for exploring examine ethics at various degrees; the empirical settings of study; theoretical views; and the methodological concerns and functional judgements that represent the task as examine.

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In Herring’s assault on these assumptions, we find an unpicking of general principles and a criticising of such rules as unable to deal with the multiple sites/contexts of online research. This involves a focus on the local over the general, the substantive over the abstract. As the paper continues, Herring reveals more about the construction of her own ethical stance. She outlines a number of key ethical decisions made in her work, including her decision to anonymise individual users (158) but to name the groups (159), her decision not to seek informed consent from the sites due to their public nature (163), and her efforts to disseminate the work as widely as possible in order to maximise its potential benefit (163).

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