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Friday, October 12 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Trolls, Stalkers, and Flamers, Oh My! Revisiting Ethical Decision-Making Internet Research in Light of Ever-Changing Online Practices

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As internet spaces and practices continue to evolve, it remains important to revisit the guidelines we use to ensure ethical decision-making in the design, implementation, and dissemination of our research. For those studying youth, questions exist about how best to navigate particular ethical considerations for these and other vulnerable populations. We also recognize the importance of protecting not only our participants but also ourselves as we engage in internet-based scholarship in an era of doxxing, GamerGate, Operation Onymous, and other examples of online retaliation. This roundtable brings together internet researchers from varied social science perspectives and experiences to revisit the AoIR guidelines for ethical decision-making, generating conversation to address the following questions: What, if anything, has changed about internet-based research in the last six years that may impact ethical decision-making? How should researchers consider ethics and their own personal safety? What resources are (or should be) available to support researchers who face unexpected ethical complications during their projects? How can advisors best support novices as they conduct ethical internet-based research, particularly when these advisors may lack familiarity with the research context? Initial participants include Lammers, a videogames and learning researcher and doctoral mentor who explores adolescents writing through affinity space ethnography, Stornaiuolo, a literacy scholar and doctoral mentor who argues for an ethical stance of reciprocity in her connective ethnographic research of youth writers on _Wattpad_, Verhoeven, a doctoral candidate who faced internet harassment during her dissertation research on a learning community in _Second Life_, and McGuinness, an addiction researcher investigating the experience of drug users who purchase opiates through darknet markets. We welcome the dialogue and recommendations that may come from all who participate in this roundtable aimed at exploring timely and complicated ethical issues.

Friday October 12, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
Sheraton - Salon 6