User-Centered Internet Research: The Ethical Challenge

User-Centered Internet Research: The Ethical Challenge

Maria Bakardjieva (University of Calgary, Canada), Andrew Feenber (Simon Fraser University, Canada) and Janis Goldie (University of Calgary, Canada)
Copyright: © 2004 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-152-0.ch018


The current model of research ethics assumes an investigator, who holds expert status and superior knowledge, and a subject in a passive role. This model is meeting increasing resistance from subjects on the Internet. A collaborative model that recognizes the contribution of both researcher and subject is necessary for both practical and ethical reasons. We argue in this chapter that the history of the ethics and politics of research offers insight into our present situation and its dilemmas.

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