[Air-l] Great Ethical disasters in Internet Research?

david silver dsilver at u.washington.edu
Thu Jul 11 12:44:17 PDT 2002


i mentioned the HomeNet study because it seems to me that it qualifies as
one of the major controversies in internet research that chris and
christian are seeking.  my point about the methodologically flawed aspect
was less a critique of the methods (i'm hardly an expert on the
quantitative analysis put forth by the authors) and more to the point that
the controversy was methodologically-based rather than ethically-based.  i
could easily be wrong though and would like to hear more from others.

david silver

On Wed, 10 Jul 2002, Quentin (Gad) Jones wrote:

> I have read on a number of occasions attacks on the HomeNet studies for
> poor methodology.  I am yet to read in these same messages details as to
> why considering the claims that were REALLY made by the researchers as
> to why the research was so "Flawed".  The depression claim was not made
> as the journalists wrote.  Nearly all research is flawed, the question
> then is relative.  Perhaps David would like to explain why HomeNet is
> particularly flawed research.

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