We are happy to announce that the new guidelines for Internet Research Ethics (IRE) are now available on the AoIR Ethics page: “Internet Research: Ethical Guidelines 3.0”
IRE 3.0 serves as a supplement to the IRE guidelines from 2002, 2012 and addresses among other issues the ethics of (big) data research and AI. As characterized by Charles Ess at the AoIR2019 conference in Brisbane, IRE 1.0 (2002) starts with a largely pragmatic approach to internet research ethics, while IRE 2.0 (2012) is more reflective of internet research practices & contexts. IRE 3.0 (2020) helps expand our thinking to include the broader research lifecycle and the ethical protection of researchers themselves.
We are grateful for the hard work of the Ethics Working Group, and its co-chairs aline shakti franzke (University of Duisburg-Essen), Anja Bechmann (Aarhus University), Michael Zimmer (Marquette University), and Charles M. Ess (University of Oslo).