“Go Away”: Participant Objections to Being Studied and the Ethics of Chatroom Research

  title={“Go Away”: Participant Objections to Being Studied and the Ethics of Chatroom Research},
  author={James M. Hudson and Amy Bruckman},
  journal={The Information Society},
  pages={127 - 139}
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