More than Meets the IRB: A joint initiative of Washington University in St. Louis and PRIM&R
About This Show
A series of appropriate, relevant, and educational podcasts, designed to illuminate the compelling need for the consideration of research ethics in research protocol writing and review, and across the research enterprise. The podcast will feature a series of interviews, panel discussions, and reviews of issues related to human research ethics by discussing current events in the human research world, talks with investigators and research subjects, and reviews of literature relevant to those interested in research ethics.
Most Recent Episode
Dr. Elizabeth Buchanan: Internet Research Ethics through the Lens of History
This episode of More than Meets the IRB takes us back to the early days of the internet, internet research, and internet research ethics. The advent of this powerful tool presented a new kind of challenge for IRBs, who must figure out whether and how the existing bioethics research principles apply in online spaces.
Dr. Elizabeth Buchanan currently serves as the endowed chair in ethics and director at the Center for Applied Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Dr. Buchanan sorts internet research ethics into three broad phases, which reflect technological and cultural shifts that have demanded that the field flexibly adopt its considerations of the relevant ethical issues.
The first phase marks a period starting from mid 1990s to around the year 2005. Internet research was in its early stages.
Between 2005 and 2010 came the proliferation of social media, whose extensive use demanded a readjustment and reevaluation of internet research.
Beginning around 2010, internet research ethics has come to focus substantially on is big data analytics, a cross-disciplinary tool as powerful as it is fraught with ethical problems.
Then, Dr. Buchanan explores the problem of privacy. Are there new ethical issues? Or are they still largely the same? Are we asking the right questions? How does privacy considered in the non-internet realm translate conceptually to digital spaces?
In closing, Dr. Buchanan advocates for bold inter-disciplinary work to take advantage of the changing landscapes around internet research.