A framework of ethical issues to consider when conducting internet-based research

South African Journal of Information Management

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Title A framework of ethical issues to consider when conducting internet-based research
Creator Cilliers, Liezel Viljoen, Kim
Subject — internet-based research; netnography; ethics; privacy; university research ethics committees; data storage.
Description Background: The Internet has changed the way that academia access information for teaching and research purposes. ‘Internet-based research’ refers to studies where data are collected from the internet, often social media sites. However, there are no definitive ethical guidelines for researchers on how to collect, analyse and use the data collected from internet-based research.Objective: The objective of the article was to develop a framework that can be used by researchers to consider ethical issues in internet-based research.Methods: The framework was developed from an in-depth literature review that examined recent research that investigated ethical dilemmas in internet-based research and existing guidelines that are available from universities across the globe to guide research ethics committees on how to evaluate such research.Results: The framework that was developed consisted of five focus areas: the study population, legal issues, privacy expectations of users, data considerations and data storage. For each of these focus areas, several subareas were identified and discussed in detail to ensure that data were collected in a responsible and ethical manner.Conclusion: The recommendation from the study is that both researchers and university research ethics committees should use the framework that was developed to guide their ethical decision-making process when collecting data from the Internet.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor none
Date 2021-03-02
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajim.v23i1.1215
Source SA Journal of Information Management; Vol 23, No 1 (2021); 9 pages 1560-683X 2078-1865
Language eng
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