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Internet Research Ethics for the Social Age

New Challenges, Cases, and Contexts


Edited By Michael Zimmer and Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda

The continuous evolution of internet and related social media technologies and platforms have opened up vast new means for communication, socialization, expression, and collaboration. They also have provided new resources for researchers seeking to explore, observe, and measure human opinions, activities, and interactions. However, those using the internet and social media for research – and those tasked with facilitating and monitoring ethical research such as ethical review boards – are confronted with a continuously expanding set of ethical dilemmas. Internet Research Ethics for the Social Age: New Challenges, Cases, and Contexts directly engages with these discussions and debates, and stimulates new ways to think about – and work towards resolving – the novel ethical dilemmas we face as internet and social media-based research continues to evolve. The chapters in this book – from an esteemed collection of global scholars and researchers – offer extensive reflection about current internet research ethics and suggest some important reframings of well-known concepts such as justice, privacy, consent, and research validity, as well as providing concrete case studies and emerging research contexts to learn from.

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Names: Zimmer, Michael, editor. | Kinder-Kurlanda, Katharina, editor. Title: Internet research ethics for the social age: new challenges, cases, and contexts / edited by Michael Zimmer and Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2017. Includes bibliographical references. Identifiers: LCCN 2017015655 | ISBN 978-1-4331-4266-6 (paperback: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-4267-3 (hardcover: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4331-4268-0 (ebook pdf) ISBN 978-1-4331-4269-7 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-4270-3 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Internet research—Moral and ethical aspects. Classification: LCC ZA4228 .I59 2017 | DDC 174/.90014—dc23 LC record available at DOI 10.3726/b11077

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