[Air-L] Dissertation

brook bolander brookbolander at gmail.com
Thu Aug 9 06:25:52 PDT 2007


Dear Chris,

How can I contact you offline?

Best wishes
Brook


On 8/9/07, Heidelberg, Chris <Chris.Heidelberg at ssa.gov> wrote:
>
> Brooks contact me offline and I can explain what you can do to keep
> yourself safe legally at least from an American perspective. Swiss law may
> differ somewhat. The key is to get written agreements with everyone to cover
> yourself in the event that you decide to publish commercially. You need to
> place that in your informed consent form so that folks understand that you
> own the rights to the research and that they consent to your use of their
> names, pseudo-names and likenesses. Get a creative commons license.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org [mailto:
> air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org] On Behalf Of brook bolander
> Sent: Thursday, August 09, 2007 3:13 AM
> To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
> Subject: [Air-L] Dissertation
>
> Dear AOIR,
>
> I am writing my PhD on the subject of "power in blogs", and thereby
> exploring how power is negotiated in the interaction between bloggers and
> their readers, and between the readers themselves in the comments sections
> of blog posts in which conflicts are salient. I have received an initial
> e-mail confirmation from the bloggers that they consent to my research and
> have given them the option of requiring me to use psuedonyms. I now intend
> to write to the bloggers, asking for their addresses, so I can outline the
> project in more detail and obtain written consent.
>
> I am aware, however, that research on the internet can be very complicated
> in terms of ethical issues. What I am less sure about are the legal issues.
> Am I correct in assuming that if I do not include quotations, use
> pseudonyms for the readers (whose permission I have not gained), use
> pseudonyms for those bloggers who ask me to (one blogger has explicitly
> asked me not to), gain written consent from the bloggers themselves and
> inform them in the letter what the study entails, that I will run into no
> ethical or legal problems? All my bloggers state they are adults.
>
> Or do I need to write to the hosts as well, like blogger, for example, to
> ask for their permission as well?
>
> One of the bloggers asked me whether she would have any problems vis à vis
> her readers if she consented to my study, for example, and I found I didn't
> really know, with any certainty, what to reply.
>
> I hope that my PhD will be published in a couple of years, and am not sure
> whether that plays a role in terms of its label as something for 'commerical
> purposes'. I am writing my PhD in Switzerland.
>
> I really want to go about this the right way and am having problems
> gaining the information I need.
>
> Thanks a lot in advance for your help,
> Best wishes
> Brook Bolander
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