[Air-L] Ensuring privacy in online interviewing

Kim Pham kpham26 at ucla.edu
Wed Mar 7 10:47:42 PST 2012

In spite of the title, I find the following talk very helpful.  It should
provide clarity on the limitations of commonly used technologies.

Good luck!


"This is water." - David Foster Wallace


On Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 6:41 PM, Jenni Whitmer <jmariewhitmer at gmail.com>wrote:

> I'm in the midst of revising an IRB protocol for my dissertation. I will be
> interviewing fashion bloggers about their experiences with blogging and
> their thoughts on the relation between blogging and fashion media. The
> bloggers I will be interviewing are all public figures, to one degree or
> another, and I don't see the questions I'm asking as being very sensitive
> in nature. I planned to interview respondents using their choice of Skype
> or instant messaging service. The IRB reviewer asked me to clarify how I
> plan to ensure privacy and confidentiality over Skype and IM specifically
> because they are online. I'm a little unsure of what to say. I suppose I
> can't guarantee privacy 100% over a public network, but is the threat
> really much more notable than being overheard during a face to face or
> phone interview?  I was wondering if anyone had any advice or could refer
> me to any articles that address this issue. Are there any IM programs I
> could use that might minimize threats to privacy?
> --
> Jennifer Whitmer, MA
> Dept. of Sociology
> University of Nevada, Las Vegas
> Las Vegas, NV 89154-5033
> phone: 440-429-5957
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