Sunday, February 8, 2009


Blog Question: How does conducting research on the Internet impact the
ways that researchers must deal with human subjects?

Internet-based research needs to take into consideration basic human rights while conducting research. The IRB notes how Beneficence, Justice, and Respect for Persons must be upheld.

Depending on the nature of the online research, one must carefully consider if the human subjects understand the risks, are aware of the research, have consented to the research, and that respect is upheld. Gathering or publishing data that did not follow is unacceptable.

After reviewing the CITI modules online (requested by Clemson's review board), I am much more familiar with the histories of unethical research and the resulting consequences.

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