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SIE #11: How Ethical will you be with my Deepest Story?
9:00am - 10:30am
How ethical will you be with my deepest story?
Theresa Dirndorfer Anderson, Ina Fourie, Anika Meyer, Liezl Ball
Transformation of digital worlds that secure social inclusion for all requires a deep understanding of information needs and lived experiences. Digital ethnographies explore digital and social media spaces to build up understandings of the communities represented in data downloads from these spaces. How does one ensure both insider and outsider perspectives that contribute so meaningfully to the interpretive richness of ethnographic approaches? Auto-ethnographic research is, however, seriously challenged by concerns about ethical research conduct. Researchers must tread carefully in gaining approval from ethical review boards and funding agencies, gaining the trust of those whose stories they collect, and in reporting ethical research conduct. The session will develop awareness of ethical concerns, offer an opportunity for shared sense-making and co-design of guidelines to help researchers build the confidence to engage in and report on this deeply personal form of research inquiry. Participants will use a template of ethical issues based on a scoping content analysis of reported ethical adherence, key textbooks, and participant input elicited prior to the session as a thought-starter