[Air-L] blogs and confidentiality
c_sosnowy at yahoo.com
Sat Nov 26 10:32:20 PST 2011
The way I have it set up (on my not-yet reviewed IRB app) is that the closed discussion would require a consent form. By protected, I mean the usual that while I may quote from them, I will not use their real name (although I am giving them a choice of what name they want me to use). My concern is the connection between my participant and what they say on a closed site and their public blog. It seems I will have to keep these separate and wouldn't identify person X as the author of blog Y.
From: Burcu Bakioglu <bbakiogl at gmail.com>
To: C Sosnowy <c_sosnowy at yahoo.com>
Cc: jeremy hunsinger <jhuns at vt.edu>; "air-l at listserv.aoir.org" <air-l at listserv.aoir.org>
Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2011 1:25 PM
Subject: Re: [Air-L] blogs and confidentiality
"their identities and anything they say there will be protected" So you won't be quoting from your interviews/discussions??? Blogs would be fair game, but should you decide later on that you want to quote from the interviews even with pseudonyms but you didn't get permission before doing these interviews beforehand, you will be banging your head on the wall regretting your decision. This happened to a several friends of mine. Trust me, you don't want to be in that situation.
Think ahead would be my suggestion...
On Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 12:19 PM, C Sosnowy <c_sosnowy at yahoo.com> wrote:
I should clarify. The closed discussion will be with 10-12 bloggers and their identities and anything they say there will be protected. But I would like to be able to discuss their blogs (and the blogs in the larger sample) which are publicly-available, and be able to use the blog's real URL/name.
>Is it customary to use a blog's real name and URL in an article and treat any content as public? If so but there might be a privacy concern, I could not explicitly link the participant's username with their individual blog.
> From: jeremy hunsinger <jhuns at vt.edu>
>To: C Sosnowy <c_sosnowy at yahoo.com>
>Cc: "air-l at listserv.aoir.org" <air-l at listserv.aoir.org>
>Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2011 12:24 PM
>Subject: Re: [Air-L] blogs and confidentiality
>I am confused, you said they weren't public when they were on a closed site. then you said they were publicly available. if it is closed, it isn't publicly available without permission.
>On Nov 26, 2011, at 12:19 PM, C Sosnowy wrote:
>> For my dissertation on personal health blogs, I will be conducting a visual content analysis of 40-50 blogs. I will then be conducting an online discussion with 10-12 bloggers on a closed site. Their identity will be protected by a username of their choice, but can I use the real URL and name of their blogs (I would tell them that I'm doing this)? I'm of the opinion that I can because they are publicly-available, but one of my more traditional advisers has doubts. Any thoughts?
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