Getting to yes in the digital age: Informing participants and verifying consent (London)


£5 for SRA members with Promo Code

2.30 - 5 pm

Informed consent means potential participants know the expectations, risks and rights involved and agree to take part in a study, typically with a signed agreement. Online researchers view traditional ways of meeting consent requirements as impractical and fear that participants are unlikely to be “informed” by a lengthy consent document. Are researchers acting ethically if they obtain a signature but the participant has not been genuinely informed? How can researchers navigate the consent process in studies using posted data from publicly available social media sites?

In this hands-on seminar, Janet Salmons and Matt Williams will discuss the ethical challenges of obtaining informed consent in digital research and walk through multiple ways to use blogs, wikis or media to inform participants, and digital methods to verify agreement online.

Chair: Kandy Woodfield of NatCen Social Research and NSMNSS.

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A Q&A and discussion will follow each presentation and tea/coffee will be provided at the end.

Janet Salmons is an independent researcher, writer and consultant through Vision2Lead. She has served on the online graduate faculty of the Capella University School of Business since 1999, and develops and teaches doctoral courses in leadership and ethics in a digital world. Janet has written, edited and contributed to several books on online interviewing.

Matt Williams is a reader in computational criminology based in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. He is a founder of COSMOS, the Collaborative Online Social Media ObServatory. In 2014 he was appointed by the ESRC to their Social Media Experts Working Group to represent COSMOS.

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