[Air-L] Ethics in online virtual worlds

Åsa Rosenberg asa.rosenberg at sociology.gu.se
Wed Aug 1 06:58:50 PDT 2007


It would be very interesting to hear the arguments from these Bureaus
and Boards for requiring "hard" copies?

For example, if you send out a regular postal survey, do you ask people
to fax it back with a signature? Don't think I've ever heard of that.

-åsa

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I am interviewing users of social networking sites on MSN instant
messenger and when I posed the problem to the Norwegian Bureau of
Statistics I got conflicting answers. I was first told that i needed
hard copy signatures to informed consent forms for all interviews
conducted online. Later i was told that emailed replies to me confirming
my informants' acceptance of the conditions of the informed consent form
were sufficient. At the moment i have hard copies of only a few  consent
forms and electronic copies of the others. I got a few of informants i
interviewed online to send me hard copies of their signed consent forms
which i had sent to them by post together with stamped and addressed
envelopes. Others have refused because they don't want to reveal their
post addresses

On 8/1/07, Heidelberg, Chris <Chris.Heidelberg at ssa.gov> wrote:
> I also used multiple blog, video, audio and social media sites to 
> distribute my results online for my committee, professors, researchers

> and colleagues in order to demonstrate open research utilizing 
> convergence. I did obtain hard copies and electronic signatures too. 
> Initially, I utilized the email responses to my informed consent forms

> to obtain consent. Later, I was able to get my subjects to fax email 
> their electronic signatures to me because fax emails are recognized in

> Maryland.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org 
> [mailto:air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org] On Behalf Of mhward
> Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 7:25 PM
> To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
> Subject: Re: [Air-L] Ethics in online virtual worlds
>
> I'm not sure if this is relevant, but my study involved setting up 
> blogs for a group of PhD candidates at my own university for me to 
> collect data on their PhD process. I was told to email them a copy of 
> the information sheet that had been approved by the ethics committee. 
> Their emailed replies to me, agreeing to the conditions therein, was 
> sufficient consent to allow their participation.
>
> M-H
>
>
> On 1/8/07 9:11 AM, "Kevin Sherman" <kevin.sherman at aut.ac.nz> wrote:
>
> > I will be interviewing and observing avatars within Second Life as 
> > research for my phd.  I have been asked by my ethics board to obtain

> > hard copy signature consent from my participants rather than online 
> > digital consent.  Can anyone direct me to literature pertaining to 
> > the
>
> > practicalities of informed consent in online virtual worlds (mmogs, 
> > mmorpgs, second life, etc..) or discuss their own experience with
> this?
> >
> > Thank you,
> > Kevin
> >
>
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