Ethical challenges in digital research

Posted by: DIGHUMLAB , November 5, 2018

Attempting to navigate in the vast landscape of digital research ethics can be challenging, even for the most experienced researcher. The number of interesting studies and guidelines continue to expand and online versions of articles, books and book chapters are more easily located than ever.

At DIGETIK we have attempted to simplify the process of locating relevant literature regarding digital research ethics. This has resulted in a list of more than 400 examples of literature spanning from fields such as children and adolescents, eco-feminist methodology, digital ethnography, criminal case studies, webarchives, visual methods, third-party tracking and surveillance.

The literature has been compiled in a downloadable pdf-file, as well as an interactive search engine, locatable here. For convenience, we have delegated the literature into categories:

  • What is “digital ethics”?
  • Ethnographic studies
  • Webarchives
  • Visual methods
  • Ethics in relation to business and companies
  • Ethics in relation to children and adolescents
  • Privacy
  • Consent
  • Fabrication
  • Challenges
  • Big data
  • Guidelines
  • Ethics in social relations
  • Ethics in journalism
  • Ethics in politics and legislation
  • Original, innovative and changing of methods
  • Participatory methods
  • Vulnerable groups
  • Case studies
  • Criminal case studies
  • Health research
  • Educational studies
  • Surveillance
  • Third-party tracking
  • Software & algorithms
  • Risky business for researchers
  • Mixed, nice stuff
  • Year: 1990-2000
  • Year: 2001-2011
  • Year: 2012-

We hope our efforts will help scholars reflect and discuss the ethical dimensions of their digital research, whilst providing guidance and insight about how to deal with these issues.