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Ethics and governance for internet-based conservation science research

Thompson, Ruth M., Hall, Jordan, Morrison, Chris, Palmer, Nicole R., Roberts, David L. (2021) Ethics and governance for internet-based conservation science research. Conservation Biology, . ISSN 0888-8892. E-ISSN 1523-1739. (doi:10.1111/cobi.13778) (KAR id:88487)

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Internet-based research is increasingly important for conservation science with wide-ranging applications and contexts, including culturomics, the illegal wildlife trade, and citizen science. However, online research methods pose a range of ethical and legal challenges. Online data may be protected by copyright, database rights, or contract law. Privacy rights may also restrict the use and access of data, as well as ethical requirements from institutions. Online data has real-world meaning, and the ethical treatment of individuals and communities must not be marginalized when conducting Internet-based research. As ethics frameworks originally developed for biomedical applications are inadequate for these methods, we propose that research activities involving the analysis of pre-existing online data is treated analogously to offline social science methods, in particular, non-deceptive covert observation. By treating Internet users and their data with respect and due consideration, conservationists can uphold the public trust needed to effectively address real-world issues.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/cobi.13778
Uncontrolled keywords: compliance; copyright; cyberethics; data protection; integrity; intellectual property; internet mediated privacy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
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Depositing User: David Roberts
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2021 13:30 UTC
Last Modified: 31 May 2022 23:00 UTC
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