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Embracing the Dark Side: The Ethic of Deception and Fabrication
 

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Presentation by Annette Markham at the Internet Research Ethics preconference workshop on 10/20/2010. Part of Internet Research 11.0, the 11th annual conference of the Association of Internet ...

Presentation by Annette Markham at the Internet Research Ethics preconference workshop on 10/20/2010. Part of Internet Research 11.0, the 11th annual conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR).

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  • RCR is the term used to encompass researcher practice in university studies. Involves things like informed consent, protecting privacy, acting with integrity and honesty. Mostly, RCR deals not with conduct but with MISCONDUCT. Which is a result of or possibly causes a bit of methodological hypochondria
  • which is a feeling that you are probably sick if you ’re not doin gsomething exactly properly. Properly, in this case, as something dictated from the top down, from the outside. Regulations, ethics boards, etc. I think we get more when we look at ethics as methods, and more specifically, methodological choices at critical junctures
  • What path should we take now? Paths taken, paths not taken  
  • In qualitative inquiry: Deception is often considered part of the prior considerations of method setup. Based on the idea that you should not deceive your subjects or participants. Inward out, as a way of perceiving one ’s relationship to the field and the subject. Outward directed, as a method of self control and self regulation. Or…. a privileged illusion of knowing enough to understand the entirety of what deception meand in the field and the pleasant feeling that one has controlled for that variable. But we are always engaging in deception. Deception as lying to participants Self deception as a constant Deceptive data that eluded me Deceiving the audience to protect my credibility and protect anonymity

Embracing the Dark Side: The Ethic of Deception and Fabrication Embracing the Dark Side: The Ethic of Deception and Fabrication Presentation Transcript

  • Annette N. Markham, Ph.D. October 2010
  • RCR Responsible Conduct of Research MISConduct of Research
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  • Allow ethics to be truly emergent methodological practices Resist Empirical Imperialism … embrace the dark side My Main Points:
  • Safe Dark Underbelly Taking sides Playing favorites Deception Covert Falsification Fabrication Subjective/biased “ gone native” Betrayal Honesty Informed Consent Transparency Objectivity Neutrality Balanced Trust Fairness Respect
  • The Case: Religious Hate Group The Question: Identify oneself as researcher? Researcher ’s Ethical Reasoning: Integrity = being open, honest, forthright My Questions: The Dilemma: Researcher Safety in Hostile Environment Is this always the definition of integrity? Why not do deceptive research? The Ethical Research Principle: Informed Consent
      • Secrecy about certain aspects of study, role, and findings
      • Impression management, separation of front and back stage
      • Faking sincerity or caring to get closer
      • Self Deception