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In the Flow: Introducing Risks, Policies, and Best Practices of Conducting Ethical Research Online

Ended Oct 26, 2022
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Term: Fall 2022

Date: October 26th, 2022

Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Location: Online Only

Instructor: Kory Trott

Presented By: Scholarly Integrity and Reseach Compliance (SIRC), Department of Science, Technology, and Society



The evanescent nature of online research is often intimidating for researchers trained in offline practices. This talk will discuss the current and emerging ethical landscape of conducting research online – the move from the field of research to the flow of inquiry. Some of the emergent risks to be covered will be follower weaponization, reverse-searching, and algorithmic bias. Options and models for digital hygiene to keep oneself and one's participants safe will be recommended and discussed.

Presenter Bio: Alice Fox is an ethicist trained in both classical ethics and philosophy and the ethics of technology. She received her Master's degree in the Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Society (PSTS) from the University of Twente in the Netherlands, specializing in Technology & Values and Technological Anthropology. Alice is a fourth year doctoral candidate in the Science, Technology, and Society (STS) program. She currently conducts research online through the social forum Reddit and works to combine research techniques from both American and Western European ethics policies and practices.