[Air-L] Ethics in online virtual worlds

Elizabeth Buchanan buchanan at sois.uwm.edu
Thu Aug 2 06:44:28 PDT 2007


Hello, all,

My IRB requires written consent for research with minors, but generally does
accept check boxes or waiver of consent for other Internet research.

And, if you are attending the October conference, the Ethics Working Group
will be holding a session on Friday, where members will be discussing many
Internet research ethics issues.

Finally, Charles Ess and I are studying IRBs reviews of Internet protocols,
and will ll be sharing results on our web page at
http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/SOIS/cipr/ire.html. Check out our new call for
papers for the International Journal of Internet Research Ethics too (
http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/SOIS/cipr/ijire/index.html)


All the best,

Elizabeth






On 8/1/07, Sue Malta <SMalta at groupwise.swin.edu.au> wrote:
>
> Kevin
>
> I have been interviewing older adults via IM for my research into
> online romantic relationships.
>
> My ethics process was fairly straightforward.   I posted notices in
> various online forums and therefore only received replies from those who
> were interested in participating in my project (a self-selected sample).
> As long as I received an emailed reply confirming my interviewees
> consent, this was deemed sufficient.
>
> Hope this helps.
>
> Kind regards
>
> Sue
>
>
> PhD Candidate
> Australian Centre for Emerging Technologies & Society
> Faculty of Life & Social Sciences
> Swinburne University
>
> ...............................................
>
> >>> "Kevin Sherman" <kevin.sherman at aut.ac.nz> 8/1/2007 9:11 am >>>
> 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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-- 
Elizabeth A. Buchanan, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Information Policy Research
School of Information Studies
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
www.cipr.uwm.edu
414.229.3973

Co-Editor, International Journal of Internet Research Ethics (
http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/SOIS/cipr/ijire.html)


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