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Buchanan, E. A., & Ess, C. M. (2009). Internet research ethics and the institutional review board: current practices and issues. ACM SIGCAS Computers and Society, 39(3), 43–49. https://doi.org/10.1145/1713066.1713069


The Internet has been used as a place for and site of an array of research activities. From online ethnographies to public data sets and online surveys, researchers and research regulators have struggled with an array of ethical issues around the conduct of online research. This paper presents a discussion and findings from Buchanan and Ess's study on US-based institutional review boards and the state of internet research ethics.