Addressing Public and Private Issues in a Virtual Ethnography Study of an Open Online Community: a Reflective Paper

Wijaya, St. Wisnu, Watson, Jason, & Bruce, Christine Addressing Public and Private Issues in a Virtual Ethnography Study of an Open Online Community: a Reflective Paper.

Abstract

This paper discusses the ethical consequences of employing virtual ethnography to observe human behaviour in open online communities. In this paper, we discuss the nature of the online community being studied as well as the lessons learned from both literature and also the ethical clearance application process undertaken by the research team. A key finding was that despite the community being open to the public, generally community members expected the research team to employ strategies similar to those required when dealing with a private community.

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ID Code: 61858
Item Type: Other
Refereed: No
Keywords: Ethics, Virtual ethnography, Online communities
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Please consult the authors
Deposited On: 20 Aug 2013 22:31
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 22:31

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