Tag Archives: human subjects committee

Research and Regulations

Talk about chilling effects

Colleges and Universities – Institutional Review Boards – Ethics – New York Times

Interesting that the NYT should take this issue on. Because of its readership, it might have an impact. Many researchers have, in fact, been having these discussions, including in ethnographic disciplines.


Is There Such a Thing as Online Privacy?

AOL apologizes for release of user search data | CNET News.com

They could get consent from users before handing out the information to third parties.

And academics are the ones who need to go through difficult procedures to record data willingly given by actual conscious human beings?

Still, this one should become the standard apology for most mess-ups:

This was a screw-up, and we’re angry and upset about it. It was an innocent enough attempt to reach out to the academic community with new research tools, but it was obviously not appropriately vetted, and if it had been, it would have been stopped in an instant […] Although there was no personally identifiable data linked to these accounts, we’re absolutely not defending this. It was a mistake, and we apologize. We’ve launched an internal investigation into what happened, and we are taking steps to ensure that this type of thing never happens again.

Nice! Some people have read the Cluetrain Manifesto!