Abstract: To respectfully and accurately represent marginalized peoples’ experiences in online communities research, great care must be taken to ethically approach such research. In this position paper, we explore and ask questions about the ethical gray areas that occur when studying marginalized groups online. We argue that greater input and feedback from members of study populations, during the research and the peer review process, could help marginalized communities by increasing accurate and respectful representations of group members’ experiences and by improving design recommendations that come from research results. We offer several suggestions going forward for CSCW online communities researchers.
Haimson O, Ringland K & . (2015, March 16). Marginalized Populations and Research Ethics Online. Paper presented at CSCW Workshop on Ethics for Studying Sociotechnical Systems in a Big Data World.