[Air-L] Ethics in online virtual worlds

Trevor Harvey tsharvey at fsu.edu
Tue Jul 31 16:24:39 PDT 2007

Hi Kevin,

I would be very interested in the results of your query. I only  
recently obtained approval from our Human Subjects committee for my  
dissertation research involving ethnographic work among online  
communities. In the end, our university committee approved the study  
without requiring hard copy signatures, but it was a difficult  
process. Anyway, if you would be willing to share any feedback you  
receive, I would be greatly appreciative.


On Jul 31, 2007, at 7:11 PM, Kevin Sherman 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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