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

@article{Hudson2004GoAP,
  title={“Go Away”: Participant Objections to Being Studied and the Ethics of Chatroom Research},
  author={J. Hudson and A. Bruckman},
  journal={The Information Society},
  year={2004},
  volume={20},
  pages={127 - 139}
}
In this article we present an empirical study aimed at better understanding the potential for harm when conducting research in chatrooms. For this study, we entered IRC chatrooms on the ICQ network and posted one of three messages to tell participants that we were recording them: a recording message, an opt-in message, or an opt-out message. In the fourth condition, we entered the chatroom but did not post a message. We recorded and analyzed how subjects responded to being studied. Results of a… Expand

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