Online research methods are popular, dynamic and fast-changing. Following on from the great success of the first edition, published in 2008, The SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods, Second Edition offers both updates of existing subject areas and new chapters covering more recent developments, such as social media, big data, data visualization and CAQDAS. Bringing together the leading names in both qualitative and quantitative online research, this new edition is organised into nine sections: 1. Online Research Methods 2. Designing Online Research 3. Online Data Capture and Data Collection 4. The Online Survey 5. Digital Quantitative Analysis 6. Digital Text Analysis 7. Virtual Ethnography 8. Online Secondary Analysis: Resources and Methods 9. The Future of Online Social Research The SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods, Second Edition is an essential resource for anyone interested in the contemporary practice of computer-mediated research and scholarship.
Chapter 2: The Ethics of Online Research
The Ethics of Online Research
This chapter considers some of the main ethical issues that researchers are likely to encounter in Internet-related research. These issues have been discussed for some time and some guidelines for researchers are established (Markham and Buchanan, 2012); however, there is still considerable debate about the ethics of Internet research – not least because the Internet is still in a formative phase and new phenomena continue to emerge. In this chapter, we will discuss some of the major issues that have been debated and give some indication of how to go about addressing them.
One of the challenges to developing a coherent ...