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Friday, October 12 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Ethics On AoIR: A Practice Oriented Visionquest

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The AoIR Ethics Committee is responsible for developing Internet Research Ethics 3.0, as an extension of and supplement to the previous AoIR ethics guidelines (2002, 2012). Several developments since 2012 require new ethical attention, including, e.g., increased focus on protecting researchers, not just the researched; multiple ethical concerns clustering about Big Data collection and analysis techniques, and so on. The committee proposes this roundtable as a discussion and deliberation space where members and conference participants can take up recent developments and report on a first draft of the IRE 3.0 document. Here we focus specifically on how the idea of internet research ethics has been received and how the value systems guiding the development of IRE as a globally-oriented document have to be negotiated.

Chaired by Charles Ess, the roundtable consists of three presenters: Aline Franzke, Yiva Hård af Segerstad, and Soraj Hongladarom. Each panelist will share their experiences of how their actual research gives rise to questions concerning ethical nature that deserve to be further discussed and investigated. Aline Franzke will summarize the continuation of the work of the AoIR Ethics Committee across the course of several meetings and workshops over the past year, reporting on the progress of the implementation of Ethics Document 3.0 and affiliated, technology-specific modules (beginning with AI and Machine Learning). Yiva Hård af Segerstad raises the question of what the responsibility of the researcher should be after a project is completed, and shows that extending the use of the tools developed for a project beyond the latter’s funded duration should itself be an ethical issue. In the final paper, Soraj Hongladarom talks about the value systems that could either resist or encourage the use of ethical guidelines. He will report on how the work of the committee will be received in Thailand.


Ylva Hård af Segerstad

Senior lecturer, Associate professor, University of Gothenburg

Friday October 12, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Sheraton - Salon 8