The Ethics of Online Research Vol: 2

Kandy Woodfield
Head of Learning and Development, Samaritans, UK

Product Details
15 Dec 2017
Emerald Publishing Limited
272 pages - 152 x 229mm
Advances in Research Ethics and Integrity
This volume focuses on the ethics of internet and social networking research exploring the challenges faced by researchers making use of social media and big data in their research. The internet, the world wide web and social media – indeed all forms of online communications – are attractive fields of research across a range of disciplines. They offer opportunities for methodological initiatives and innovations in research and easily accessed, massive amounts of primary and secondary data sources. This collection examines the new challenges posed by data generated online, explores how researchers are addressing those ethical challenges, and provides rich case studies of ethical decision making in the digital age.
Introduction: The Ethics of Online Research;  Kandy Woodfield and Ron Iphofen  
1. The Ethical Disruptions of Social Media Data: Tales from the Field; Susan Halford 
2. Users’ View of Ethics in Social Media Research: Informed Consent, Anonymity and Harm; Matthew L. Williams, Pete Burnap, Luke Sloan, Curtis Jessop and Hayley Lepps 
3. The Changing Roles of Researchers and Participants in Digital and Social Media Research: Ethics Challenges and Forward Directions; Sarah Quinton and Nina Reynolds  
4. Using Twitter as a Data Source: An Overview of Ethical, Legal and Methodological Challenges; Wasim Ahmed, Peter A. Bath, Gianluca Demartini 
5. Getting to Yes: Informed Consent in Qualitative Social Media Research; Janet Salmons  
6. The Trouble with Tinder: The Ethical Complexities of Researching Location-Aware Social Discovery Apps; Jenna Condie, Garth Lean and Brittany Wilcockson  
7. Ethical Challenges of Publishing and Sharing Social Media Research Data; Libby Bishop and Daniel Gray 
8. The Ethics of Using Social Media Data in Research: A New Framework; Leanne Townsend and Claire Wallace  
9. Where Next for #SocialEthics?; Steven Ginnis  
Conclusion: Guiding the Ethics of Online Social Media Research - Adaptation or Renovation?; Ron Iphofen
Note from Ron Iphofen, series editor: Sadly Kandy Woodfield passed away in 2019. Her career as a social researcher and learning & development professional led her to take on many roles and challenges. She was Head of Learning and Development at Samaritans, UK, and her previous roles included Head of Social Sciences at the Higher Education Academy and Director of Learning & Enterprise at NatCen Social Research. Kandy was a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a Fellow of the Learning & Performance Institute and had worked across the academic, public and third sectors. She founded the New Social Media New Social Science? (#NSMNSS) community of practice and edited a crowd-sourced book of blogs on Social Media in Social Research: Blogs on Blurring the Boundaries. The Series Editor, Ron Iphofen, had this to say: "It was a privilege to have worked with Kandy to see this volume through to publication. I had known Kandy for some years since her work in NatCen and was pleased when she offered to produce this work. She was a delight to work with, engaged, committed and compassionate. We shared many anecdotes about our living and working experiences, without getting too far off track from working on the volume. Despite illness she was determined to see it through. I am proud to have her informed contribution as part of this Series."

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