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Katrin Tiidenberg

In: The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection

Chapter 30: Ethics in Digital Research

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Ethics in Digital Research
Ethics in Digital Research
Katrin Tiidenberg
Introduction

Research ethics as a topic of both public and scholarly debate tends to (re)surface when things go wrong. The history of research ethics could be told in our mistakes, and our collective attempts to learn from them. Ostensibly, we can start that history from the dehumanizing experiments of World War II, the Tuskegee syphilis study, and Stanley Milgram's groundbreaking yet disturbing research into human behavior. It can be said that (the reveal of) these mistakes led to the UN Declaration of Human Rights (1948), the Nuremberg Code (1949), the Declaration of Helsinki (1964), and the Belmont Report (1979); meant for protection of human subjects in biomedical and behavioral research; and continuously relevant in ethical management of ...

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