Conference notes - Research ethics in the virtual world

This paper summarises the presentation by Agnes Nairn on "Research ethics in the virtual world" given at the IJMR Research Methods Forum: ‘Methods Matter: Interviewing and Beyond’, 25 November 2008, Royal Society, London.

Conference notes – Research ethics in the virtual world

Agnes NairnE.M. Lyon Business School

Privacy was first defined in the Harvard Law Review in 1890 as 'the right to be let alone' (Warren & Brandeis 1890). Fast forward a century to 1999 and the chief executive of Sun Microsystems declared, 'You have zero privacy. Get over it' (McNealy 1999). So, is privacy a defunct concept for the Surveillance Society we now live in? I, for one, hope not.

Interestingly, legal experts such as Alan Westin (1967a, 1967b) began to create a framework for regulating data collection in...

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