Social Media and Ethical Research Resources

Reports

“New Social Media, New Social Science…and New Ethical Issues!” report based on a study of ethical issues raised by the New Social Media, New Social Science network members and related guidance from existing ethics guides.

NatCen report, “Ethics of online and social media research: Users’ views.”

University, Professional Associations and Societies’ Guidelines

American Psychological Association “Psychological research online: Opportunities and challenges” http://www.apa.org/science/leadership/bsa/internet/internet-report.aspx?item=2 

Association of Internet Researchers Ethics Guides 2002 and 2012
See: http://ethics.aoir.org/index.php?title=Main_Page‏, http://www.aoir.org/reports/ethics2.pdf http://ethics.aoir.org/index.php?title=Resources-url

British Educational Research Association (BERA) Jones, C. (2011). Ethical issues in online research. British Educational Research Association.
(See: http://www.bera.ac.uk/resources/ethical-issues-online-research)

British Psychological Association (BPS) Report of the Working Party on Conducting Research on the Internet: Guidelines for ethical practice in psychological research online http://www.bps.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/conducting_research_on_the_internet-guidelines_for_ethical_practice_in_psychological_research_online.pdf

DPA Section 33 Overview for Research – http://www.adls.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Section-33-of-the-DPA-a-practical-note-for-researchers.pdf

Edinburgh University Personal Data Research Guidelines –http://staff.napier.ac.uk/services/secretary/governance/DataProtection/CodeofPractice/Pages/PersonalDatainResearch01.aspx

Business and Marketing Research Guidelines

CASRO Social Media Research Guidelines http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.casro.org/resource/resmgr/docs/social_media_research_guidel.pdf

ESOMAR, European Society for Opinion & Marketing Research, ICC/ESOMAR International

Guideline on Social Media Research http://www.esomar.org/uploads/public/knowledge-and-standards/codes-and-guidelines/ESOMAR_Guideline-on-Social-Media.pdf

Guideline for Online Research http://www.esomar.org/knowledge-and-standards/codes-and-guidelines/guideline-for-online-research.php

Market Research Association Guide to the Top 16 Social Media Research Questions http://www.mra-net.org/rq/documents/MRA_IMRO_SMR16.pdf

Market Research Society (MRS) Guidelines for Online Research (2012) https://www.mrs.org.uk/pdf/2012-02-16%20Online%20Research%20Guidelines.pdf

Governmental Agencies’ Guidelines

DPA Section 33 Overview for Research – http://www.adls.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Section-33-of-the-DPA-a-practical-note-for-researchers.pdf

European Union Data Privacy Rules. See: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/

Privacy Impact on Scientific Research Studies –http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/stellent/groups/corporatesite/@policy_communications/documents/web_document/wtvm054713.pdf

WMA Declaration of Helsinki – Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects. See: http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/

Books:

Browne, K., & Nash, C. J. (2010). Queer methods and methodologies Farnham: Ashgate Publishing Limited.

Deacon, D., Pickering, M., Golding, P., & Murdock, G. (2007). Researching communications: A practical guide to methods in media and cultural analysis Bloomsbury Academic.

Hine, C. (Ed.). (2000). Virtual ethnography. Oxford: Berg.

Lee, R. M. (1993). Doing research on sensitive topics Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

McKee, H. A., & Porter, J. E. (2009). Ethics of internet research. New York: Peter Lang.

Miller, T., Birch, M., Mauthner, M., & Jessop, J. (Eds.). (2012). Ethics in Qualitative Research (Second ed.). London: Sage Publications.

Orton-Johnson, K. (2010). Ethics in Online Research. SAGE Internet Research Methods. In J. Hughes (Ed.), Internet Research Methods. London: SAGE Publications Ltd.

Salmons, J. (2015)Qualitative Online Interviews. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

Salmons, J. (2010). Online Interviews in Real Time. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

Salmons, J. (Ed.). (2012). Cases in online interview research. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

Whiteman, N. (2012) Undoing Ethics: Rethinking practice in online research, New York: Springer

Articles:

Berry, D. M. (2004). Internet research: privacy, ethics and alienation: an open source approach. The Journal of Internet Research, 14(4), 323-332.

Madge, C. (2007). Developing a geographers’ agenda for online research ethics. Progress in Human Geography, 31(5), 654-674. doi: 10.1177/0309132507081496

Trevisan, F and Reilly, P. (2014) Ethical Dilemmas in Researching Social Media Campaigns on Sensitive Personal Issues: Lessons from the Study of British Disability Dissent Networks, Information, Communication & Society. published online before print, doi 10.1080/1369118X.2014.889188

Zimmer, M. (2010). “But the data is already public”: On the ethics of research in facebook. Ethics and Information Technology, 12(4), 313-325. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10676-010-9227-5

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