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The changing roles of researchers and participants in digital and social media research: ethics challenges and forward directions

Chapter


Abstract


  • The purpose of this chapter is to situate how the digitalized research environment

    is changing the roles of researchers and participants, and how

    these changes lead to more complex and less discrete ethics challenges.

    Incorporating contemporary examples from the social sciences, we outline

    the core challenges of the changing research landscape that embrace

    both research actors (researcher, participant, and research users) and data

    issues. The ethical implications related to research actors’ roles are discussed

    by considering how data is accessed, how people can now participate

    in research, and issues related to accessing participants. Digital data and

    associated ethical issues are explored through examining authorship and

    ownership, how digital data is produced, and how research transparency

    can be achieved. Following on from this consideration of research actors

    and data issues, we suggest which challenges have been re-contextualized by

    the digital environment, and which are novel to the digital research context,

    outlining six practical yet reflective questions for researchers to ask as a

    way to navigate ethics in the digital research territory.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Quinton, S. & Reynolds, N. (2018). The changing roles of researchers and participants in digital and social media research: ethics challenges and forward directions. In K. Woodfield (Ed.), The Ethics of Online Research (pp. 53-78). United Kingdom: Emerald Publishing.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781787144859

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/1344

Book Title


  • The Ethics of Online Research

Start Page


  • 53

End Page


  • 78

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • The purpose of this chapter is to situate how the digitalized research environment

    is changing the roles of researchers and participants, and how

    these changes lead to more complex and less discrete ethics challenges.

    Incorporating contemporary examples from the social sciences, we outline

    the core challenges of the changing research landscape that embrace

    both research actors (researcher, participant, and research users) and data

    issues. The ethical implications related to research actors’ roles are discussed

    by considering how data is accessed, how people can now participate

    in research, and issues related to accessing participants. Digital data and

    associated ethical issues are explored through examining authorship and

    ownership, how digital data is produced, and how research transparency

    can be achieved. Following on from this consideration of research actors

    and data issues, we suggest which challenges have been re-contextualized by

    the digital environment, and which are novel to the digital research context,

    outlining six practical yet reflective questions for researchers to ask as a

    way to navigate ethics in the digital research territory.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Quinton, S. & Reynolds, N. (2018). The changing roles of researchers and participants in digital and social media research: ethics challenges and forward directions. In K. Woodfield (Ed.), The Ethics of Online Research (pp. 53-78). United Kingdom: Emerald Publishing.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781787144859

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/1344

Book Title


  • The Ethics of Online Research

Start Page


  • 53

End Page


  • 78

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom