Ethics of Internet Research Trigger Scrutiny

October 3, 2017

(Nature) – Common themes among these efforts include rethinking what counts as ‘public’ data, the ethical use of social media and the need to consider a study’s potential harm to wider society, as well as to individuals. Many countries have long-standing ethical checks for research that intervenes in human lives. But those principles, set up for medical and psychological studies, apply to research on human subjects, the definition of which often excludes Internet research, says Metcalf.

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