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Exploring Ethics and Obligations for Studying Digital Communities

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Many of the most prominent and unanswered ethical questions within HCI and social computing involve our ethical obligation to the communities that we study. Some of these questions fall under the purview of more traditional human subjects research ethics, but others hinge on when, for example, studies of public data trigger similar obligations. Basic rules to do no harm" are complicated in digital communities by issues of consent and privacy, and ethics review boards are struggling to keep up even as research communities are similarly struggling to form appropriate norms. The goals of this workshop are to continue seeding conversations about research ethics within the SIGCHI community, to work towards norm setting, and in the meantime, to collectively help community members make good ethical decisions about research into sociotechnical systems and digital communities."


Fiesler, Casey; Wisniewski, Pamela; Pater, Jessica; Andalibi, Nazanin (2016): Exploring Ethics and Obligations for Studying Digital Communities. Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work. DOI: 10.1145/2957276.2996293. Association for Computing Machinery. pp. 457–460. Sanibel Island, Florida, USA