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geert lovink on Mon, 16 Dec 2002 12:16:52 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime> ehtics statement for internet research

(from the aoir list - association of internet research)

Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2002 11:43:15 -0600
To: air-l <air-l {AT} aoir.org>
From: Steve Jones <sjones {AT} uic.edu>
Subject: [Air-l] Ethics statement adoption
Reply-To: air-l {AT} aoir.org


We are very pleased to announce that the ethics committee document on
Internet research ethics was unanimously approved by voting members at the
close of the vote on midnight, Wednesday, November 27, 2002.

For the first time, there now exists a relatively complete ethics
statement tailored to the distinctive venues and methodologies of Internet
research, one which - like the professional ethics codes of other
disciplinary organizations - reflects the considered ethical judgments,
insights, and practices of those active in the multiple fields of Internet

Researchers, students, ethicists, and related institutional bodies and
academic organizations in the domain of Internet research may now turn to
the ethics document as at least a starting point for their inquiries and
reflection.  This starting point reflects not only nearly two years of
collaborative effort of the ethics working committee, as composed of
ethicists and researchers from 11 different countries - but also the
endorsement of aoir members at large.

Of course, as we noted in the pre-vote discussion of the document, while
the document stands as something of a milestone in the development of
Internet research ethics - it is by no means the final word.  Rather, the
ethics working committee will continue to explore and debate how new
experiences, issues and insights affiliated with Internet research evoke
ethical challenges and demand ethically justifiable resolutions.  Just as
the current document was immeasurably enriched by comments and
contributions from aoir members - we very much hope that the aoir
membership will continue to call attention to issues and resources in
Internet research ethics for debate and deliberation by the ethics working
committee.  As the ethics working committee thus elaborates and refines
the current document, it will be returned to aoir members in updated form
for your review, comment, and, where appropriate, endorsement.

Our thanks, finally, not only to the many aoir members who contributed in
a variety of ways to the document - but also to the members of the ethics
working committee who have worked for nearly two years to develop an
ethics statement with a daunting job description:

* it must reflect the wide diversity of disciplinary approaches - in both
the social sciences and the humanities - to Internet research;

* it must take in and, where possible, coherently synthesize the diverse
ethical approaches and cultural traditions represented among the global
community of Internet researchers;

* it must address a wide audience - researchers, ethicists, students, and
professionals engaged in Internet research in a variety of capacities - in
ways that are both well-grounded in philosophical ethics and immediately
practical for researchers and others with varying degrees of familiarity
with ethics as a discipline; and

* it must meet the approval of aoir members!

The members of the ethics committee have undertaken this task with
unstinting generosity, insight, and spirited but collegial debate.  If you
ever find the ethics document to be useful, it is these people you will
want to thank:

Poline Bala - Malaysia;
Amy Bruckman - USA;
Sarina Chen - USA;
Brenda Danet - Israel/USA;
Dag Elgesem - Norway;
Andrew Feenberg - USA;
Stine Gotved - Denmark;
Christine M. Hine - UK;
Soraj Hongladarom - Thailand;
Jeremy Hunsinger - USA;
Klaus Jensen - Denmark;
Storm King - USA;
Chris Mann - UK;
Helen Nissenbaum - USA;
Kate O'Riordan - UK;
Paula Roberts - Australia;
Wendy Robinson - USA;
Leslie Shade - Canada;
Malin Sveningson - Sweden;
Leslie Tkach - Japan;
John Weckert - Australia.

With gratitude and all best wishes,

Steve Jones
President, Association of Internet Researchers
Professor of Communication
University of Illinois at Chicago/USA

Charles Ess
Director, Interdisciplinary Studies Center
Drury University
900 N. Benton Ave.                          Voice: 417-873-7230
Springfield, MO  65802  USA            FAX: 417-873-7435
Home page:  http://www.drury.edu/ess/ess.html
Co-chair, CATaC 2002: http://www.it.murdoch.edu.au/~sudweeks/catac02/

PS: My special thanks go to Charles Ess for his leadership, effort
and time guiding the ethics committee. -Sj

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