Research Ethics and the Internet

Negotiating Canada’s Tri-Council Policy Statement

By Heather A. Kitchin Dahringer  

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Kitchin helps readers pick their way through the minefield that stands in the way of all who seek to find clarity as to the ethics of Internet research. The Internet poses new challenges to researchers, and the author clearly discusses these challenges in all their complexity. Issues of copyright, privacy and ethical use of Internet materials loom large. Kitchin analyzes contradictions between the federal Tri- Council Policy Statement and university-based research ethics boards and offers a simple solution to policy makers who grapple with the ethics of internet research.

“Kitchin has not only written an excellent book, she has courageously taken on some of the most complex and least understood aspects of ethics and Internet research and done it with great clarity and precision.”

— Sandra Kirby, University of Winnipeg

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  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • The Way of State Mandated Research Ethics
  • Mandated Social Research Ethics in the United States & Canada: An Overview of Research Ethics Boards and Institutional Review Boards
  • Conducting Research through the Internet
  • Social Research in Canada: The Tri-Council on Cyberspace
  • Social Research Ethics: Current Debates & Issues
  • Approaching Data Collection through the Internet: A Guide
  • Conclusion
  • Recommendations
  • Appendices
  • Selected References
  • Index


  • Heather A. Kitchin Dahringer

    Acadia University

    Heather A. Kitchin Dahringer is a professor in the Department of Sociology at Acadia University.

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