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Roundtable-05: IRE 3.0: Overview, elements, future directions
Friday, 04/Oct/2019:
9:00am - 10:30am

Session Chair: Charles Ess
Location: P419
(cap. 100 - fixed seating) NB. 'Forum'

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IRE 3.0: Overview, elements, future directions

Charles Ess1, Anja Bechmann2, Steve Jones3, Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda4

1University of Oslo, Norway; 2Aarhus University, Denmark; 3University of Illinois at Chicago; 4GESIS - Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences

The AoIR Ethics Working Group (EWG) is developing an Internet Research Ethics (IRE) 3.0 that extends the previous two guidelines (Ess and the AoIR 2000; Markham and Buchanan 2012) to meet more recent IRE challenges. The EWG will submit its final documents in October, 2019.

The IRE 3.0 is conceived as a set of “living documents,” open to further development vis-à-vis future developments. Our roundtable will (1) provide participants an overview and summary of the structures, outlines, and major components of IRE 3.0 ; (2) present more specific elements and considerations; and (3) open up further discussion – especially as this discussion will feed into further development of IRE 3.0.

Members of the the AoIR EWG constitute the roundtable:

Charles Ess (University of Oslo, Norway; co-chair, AoIR EWG): Introduces the outlines of the IRE 3.0 documents and chairs the panel

Anja Bechmann (Director, DATALAB, Aarhus University, Denmark): Presents a prime module of IRE 3.0 on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Mary Gray (Microsoft Research): Discusses bridging industry and university research; creating meaningful consent "at-scale" online; reframing data science as human subjects research; and ethics pedagogy in Computer Science and Engineering curricula

Steve Jones (University of Illinois at Chicago): Ethics of human-machine communication research; changes to U.S. Common Rule

Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda (GESIS - Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences, Cologne, Germany): Discusses the recently implemented EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) in connection with digital trace data-archiving.

The panel presentations will take no more than one hour, leaving 30 minutes+ for discussion.


Ess, Charles and the AoIR ethics working committee (2002) Ethical Decision-Making and Internet Research: Recommendations from the AoIR Ethics Working Committee.

Markham, Annette and Buchanan, Elizabeth (2012) Ethical Decision-Making and Internet Research, Version 2.0: Recommendations from the AoIR Ethics Working Committee,

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