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Ethics Working Committee Draft. Do Not Distribute. For Review Only.

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Permalink for this paragraph 0 This document has been approved by the AOIR Ethics Committee.  It will be posted for general AOIR member review from September 5 through September 30, 2011.  If you prefer to write your comments via email, please send directly to Elizabeth Buchanan, Ethics Committee Chair. If you prefer a printable version of the entire document, please click here.

Permalink for this paragraph 0 The document has undergone multiple revisions. Although it remains a draft, we believe it represents the general AOIR community stance toward internet research ethics. We appreciate any feedback you have, knowing that it will improve the quality, scope, and eventual utility of this document. Thank you kindly for your time and energy toward this effort.

Permalink for this paragraph 0 The committee’s goal was to augment, rather than replace, the first AOIR Ethics Guidelines document, published in 2001.  That initial document remains relevant and useful. Please review this version 2.0 with our overall goal in mind: The broader research community relies on AOIR to supply an updated set of guidelines regarding ethics and internet research. This document serves to guide ethical practice but cannot be all inclusive or comprehensive of all disciplinary, institutional, and cultural stances.

Permalink for this paragraph 0 While we recognize that the diversity of our viewpoints and cultures will prohibit complete consensus on the details of this document, we must balance this with the need for new researchers and research governing bodies to have a public statement from us. After six weeks of online review, we will host a feedback session at the AOIR conference in Seattle, Washington. After the conference, the committee will confer, make additional revisions based on member feedback, and produce a final version. The AOIR community will have two weeks to review the final document and vote on whether or not it should be accepted.

Permalink for this paragraph 0 Again, thanks for your help in making this document as strong as possible.

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