[Air-L] by-lines for online data

Jean Burgess je.burgess at qut.edu.au
Sun Jul 3 18:11:37 PDT 2011

For my PhD, I arranged via my Uni's ethical review process to offer
participants (Flickr users) this option (full attribution, username, or
anonymity) ahead of time. I didn't see why people I was talking to about
their public creative practice should be anonymised by default and felt it
would run counter to the way they saw their practice (i.e. as authors, not
'research subjects'). In almost all cases I was right.

See also this early paper on the topic by Amy Bruckman:

Bruckman, A. (2001) Studying the amateur artist: a perspective on
disguising data collected in human subjects research on the Internet.
Paper presented at Computer Ethics: Philosophical Enquiries (CEPE),
Lancaster University,

On 3/07/11 3:37 AM, "Mark D. Johns" <mjohns at luther.edu> wrote:

>I know there have been instances in which persons observed in online
>research have not wished to be anonymous, but rather have insisted on
>having their online writing cited and credited to them as authors. But
>for the life of me I can't recall a reference in scholarly literature
>for this phenomenon. Would anyone be willing to provide one? Thanks!
>Mark D. Johns, Ph.D.
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