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Jeremy Hunsinger jhuns at vt.edu
Sun Aug 12 06:34:27 PDT 2007

> To spin this back in the direction of the original thread, my main
> concern with the "always ask permission first" philosophy is that it
> gives us a world where criticism and cultural commentary can only  
> happen
> at the whim of those whose words are being critiqued.

I think Gil hits it on the head here.  Not everything requires  
permission first, either permission or waiver from the IRB, nor  
informed consent.  Both IRB and informed consent systems come into  
play in very specific contexts at the federal level as best as i can  
tell.  However, on the level of the university, the faculty can set  
further standards, and those standards are pretty much entirely  
open.  One could view the push toward requiring permission first as a  
push against critical analysis, and there is likely a systemic  
subpolitics against it already in some places.  So I think we need to  
strongly resist the tendency to say anything published in the public  
realm is related to human subjects issues or even university ethics  
issues, lest the whole lot of contemporary culture, literary,  
linguistic, etc. etc. studies gets sent the way of ward churchill.

jeremy hunsinger
Information Ethics Fellow, Center for Information Policy Research,  
School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee  

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