Amy Bruckman is an associate professor in the college of computing at Georgia Tech. Her research applies the constructionist philosophy of education to the design of online communities. Amy was a member of working groups to develop policies on the ethics of online research organized by AAAS, APA, and AoIR..
Karrie Karahalios is an assistant professor in computer science at the University of Illinois where she heads the Social Spaces Group. Her work focuses on the interaction between people and the social cues they perceive in networked electronic spaces.
Robert E. Kraut is the Herbert A. Simon professor of Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University. He conducts research on everyday use of the Internet, technology and conversation, collaboration in small work groups, and computers in organizations.
Erika S. Poole is a Ph.D. candidate at Georgia Tech and a member of the Georgia Tech Institutional Review Board. Her research focuses how and why people use online technologies to collaborate and connect with one another.
John C. Thomas is a member of the research staff at IBM Research. His research involves topics such as knowledge management, the business use of stories, and e-learning.
Sarita Yardi is a Ph.D. candidate at Georgia Tech. Her research examines youth's interactions in social networking sites and other online communities.
Revisiting Research Ethics in the Facebook Era:Challenges in Emerging CSCW Research
This one-day workshop will bring together researchers studying the Web to discuss methodological challenges and best practices for conducting ethical research online. The workshop will focus specifically on the following issues: data collection and analysis, differing ethical norms in various research communities studying the Web, unanticipated consequences of new kinds of online research, and pedagogical approaches and issues in teaching online research ethics. The goals of this workshop are to:
- identify and debate emergent questions and tensions in online research
- develop and document techniques, best practices, and pitfalls in addressing these questions
- inform policy and practice among the broader research community
The workshop will be divided into two sessions. In the first session, six authors will present their case studies in 10 minute presentations, followed by approximately 20 minutes of discussion and debate.
The second session will consist of a mock debate format, where the workshop organizers act as an ethics review board and participants argue whether or not they think the research can be conducted ethically. Participants will be separated into three teams; one arguing pro, one arguing con, and one selecting which side they want to argue. In constructing their arguments, participants will be encouraged to brainstorm topics like: possible unanticipated effects of the research, handling real outcomes (e.g. if something goes wrong), alternative methods and approaches for carrying out the research ethically, and policy and best practice implications. The afternoon debates should be fun but challenging.
Who Should Participate?
Prior experience with studying the Web is recommended, but submissions from enthusiastic newcomers will be warmly welcomed. We encourage submissions from educators and researchers interested and involved in all forms of online research.
Instead of traditional position papers, participants should submit a case study (can be more than one) of up to four pages describing an ethical issue that they find particularly tricky or controversial with pro and con arguments for both sides, as well as a brief cover letter describing their research interests and background in this topic. Submissions should be formatted in standard ACM SIGCHI extended abstract format and submitted in either Adobe PDF (.pdf) or Microsoft Word document format (.doc, or .docx) to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 20, 2009.
Feb 6, 2010
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