Digital Research: Contemporary Methods and Ethics

The Centre for Research on Media Innovations at the Department of Media and Communications, University of Oslo invites researchers interested in Digital Research Ethics to a seminar and roundtable discussion on 1 December 2017.  We will present and discuss contemporary ethical dilemmas that relate to digital research.

The seminar will include contributions from the Norwegian National Research Ethics Committees and the Association of Internet Researchers.  These will address the development of guidelines to support digital research.  It will also include contributions from scholars who have identified specific challenges arising from the conduct of research in digital contexts.  After these presentations, there will be an opportunity for participants to raise ethical challenges relating to their own digital research in a roundtable discussion.

Who can register?

This seminar is intended as a multidisciplinary forum for all researchers that use digital  methods and face ethical dilemmas. These may include ensuring the autonomy of all relevant research participants, in particular by securing their informed consent; concerns about when, where and how to store personal data; how to deal with confidentiality agreements and commercially sensitive data; what kinds of data can be published in research reports; and other issues that might arise from rapidly changing research environments.

Please register by filling out this electronic form by Friday 17 November 2017:


Detailed Schedule

0830-0900 Registration and Coffee

0900-1000 Opening Keynote:

The new NESH guidelines: highlights, examples and important lessons; Elisabeth Staksrud, Associate Professor IMK, UiO and Deputy Chair, NESH

Abstract: The Norwegian National Research Ethics Committees are developing new research ethical guidelines for Internet research.  This presentation will provide highlights, examples and important lessons from this process.  A summary of the current stage of development will also be provided.

1000-1015 Coffee

1015-1100 Mining public Facebook pages - ethical issues; Dag Elgesem, Professor, Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen

Abstract: Which types of personal information can be extracted from public Facebook pages and what are the ethical challenges this raises for researchers? Dag will present a case study of an analysis of ca. 10.000 public, Norwegian Facebook posts about Islam from June to September 12, 2017. The posts were made available through the API of the company Twingly ( which sells access to social media data. I explore what types of information that can be mined from these posts and discuss ethical questions related to for access, analysis and publication.

1100-1145 Deception and Ethics in Digital Media Research, Jonas Åkerman, Associate Professor, Research Support Office and Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University

Abstract: To what extent are certain “deceptive” methods employed in digital media research in line with established guidelines for good research practice? This question will be discussed in relation to cases involving things like manipulating users or setting up fake accounts or services.

1145-1230 Lunch Break

1230-1300 Presentation and discussion of the process to revise the AoIR 2.0 Guidelines

1300-1400 Roundtable discussion: New guidelines, pressing cases, open questions?

1400-1415 Coffee

1415-1500 Plenary wrap-up


Tags: Internet, internet research ethics, digital research, digital methods
Published Nov. 2, 2017 9:14 PM - Last modified Apr. 12, 2019 1:59 PM