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The Ethics of Research in Cyberspace

Robert Alun Jones ((rajones @ Professor of Sociology, History and Religious Studies at the University of Illinois in Urbana‐Champaign and also Director of the Advanced Information Technologies Laboratory, a joint project of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), the Program for the study of Cultural Values and Ethics (cve), and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS).)

Internet Research

ISSN: 1066-2243

Article publication date: 1 September 1994



As computers, the Internet, online digital resources, and eventually the National Information Infrastructure become increasingly important in our lives, the study of the use of these technologies has become one of the fastest growing areas in social science. This research is important, but, like any kind of social science involving the study of human subjects, it raises questions of ethics and human dignity. Most major research universities have guidelines for this kind of scholarship, based on the Nuremberg Code and/or the Belmont Principles. But research in cyberspace was clearly not on the minds of those drafting these guidelines. Some of the difficulties produced by this tension between traditional guidelines and new technologies are discussed.



Alun Jones, R. (1994), "The Ethics of Research in Cyberspace", Internet Research, Vol. 4 No. 3, pp. 30-35.




Copyright © 1994, MCB UP Limited

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