Four Pillars of Internet Research Ethics with Web 2.0

Journal of Academic Ethics 11 (4):265-268 (2013)
The proliferation of social media and web 2.0 applications (Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, blogs, etc.) in the previous 5 years has created a new social research opportunity, with over an estimated 552 million active daily users on Facebook (Facebook Press 2012). As with all research, boundaries must be set out to create valid and accurate data, keeping ethical practices at the forefront of the data gathering process. The lack of standardized practices requires an in-depth look into the use of such methods, with focus on four major areas: 1) security for the individual, 2) anonymity, 3) safety and 4) use of mined data and information gathered by either passive or active means
Keywords Social media research  Internet research ethics  Active & passive research  Security  Privacy  Anonymity  Confidentiality  Cleaned data  Personal safety  Data storage  Hacking
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DOI 10.1007/s10805-013-9191-x
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