1 Digital Culture and Mobile Communication, The Department2 Culture, Aesthetics, Organisations and Society, The Department3 Interaction Design, Software & Systems, The Department4 Digital Media & Communication, Software & Systems, The Department5 Business IT, IT University of Copenhagen6 Technologies in Practice, Theoretical Computer Science, The Department7 Princeton University8 Princeton University
Recent increase in volume of qualitative work on transnational technologies, HCI for development, virtual communities, and collaborative systems across a range of areas has resulted in focus on user communities whose very uniqueness may be of interest to HCI, but whose exposure in a research setting presents real threats to those individual’s or community’s livelihoods, work, or civil liberties. As the tools of research dissemination increasingly make scholarly publications more easily accessible to the public and other entities outside the academic community through simple search engines, scholars must grapple with new challenges to the ethics of exposure. We present a case-study of un-Googling publication of research results and consider potential problems with such an approach to minimizing risk to research participants.
Electronic Workshops in Computing, 2012, Vol HCI Research in Sensitive Contexts: Ethical Considerations