[tor-project] Fwd: Tor Research - Re: Weekly UX meeting on Jitsi!

Kathleen Brade brade at pearlcrescent.com
Thu Apr 20 13:36:23 UTC 2017

On 4/18/17 8:15 AM, COLLIER Ben wrote:
> Hi all,
> Many thanks for forwarding this on - very much appreciated! If anyone
> has any thoughts or concerns about my potentially carrying out this kind
> of research I'd be really grateful to hear them. As Linda points out in
> their email, it wouldn't be right for me to carry out this kind of
> observational research without talking to people about it first and
> getting informed consent. While some types of research do try to observe
> participants without their knowledge, as a sociologist I'm not
> comfortable doing this and I don't think it would be an ethical way
> to go about things. I think that mindfully, respectfully carrying out
> this kind of research with the consent and knowledge of the participants
> isn't only ethical best practice, but ultimately also gives you a
> much more interesting perspective (and hopefully might mean that the
> research could be of more use to the participants when it's finished).
> As before, I'm happy to answer any questions at all about the research
> or the current stage of the project, or discuss what might be the best
> way to go about something like this.
> Very best,
> Ben

A couple of questions:
1) How long will this observation last? (3 months? 3 years?)
2) How will you inform new members to the community (e.g., a new
volunteer joins the community in June; how will they be "notified")?

-- Kathy Brade

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