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Med nätet som fält: urvalstankar, känslostormar och etikproblem
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
2011 (Swedish)In: Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidsskrift, ISSN 1102-7908, no 2, 11-21 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Writing ethnography involves retelling a story and carrying the voices of others in order to describe and explain a cultural phenomenon. This article argues that the ethnographer cannot write in such a close manner without great difficulties when today's search engines operate with unprecedented vigour. Tracing a text string using Google takes less than a second and this has great implications for the ability to provide quotations if the researcher is to follow ethical guidelines to protect and to keep their informants anonymous. Further, this article discusses ethical implications involved in online studies of blogs where the content is of a sensitive and private nature. To undertake such research while showing respect for the informant is a challenging task, given the researchers need to adhere to the key issues in research ethics. This article specifically problematizes the ethics of informed consent and confidentiality as it provides a particular challenge for the researcher engaged in studies of affective online sharing.

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2011. no 2, 11-21 p.
Keyword [en]
Research Ethics, Informed Consent, Anonymity, Online Ethnography
Keyword [sv]
Forskningsetik, Informerat samtycke, Anonymitet, Internetstudier
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Computer Science Ethnology
Research subject
Computer Science; Ethics; Ethnology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-46167OAI: diva2:437236
Titel på engelska: Studying affective online sharing; A balance between ethics and emotions.Available from: 2011-08-27 Created: 2011-08-27 Last updated: 2011-08-31Bibliographically approved

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