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Humlab Share: Protecting the Researcher(s)

Time Wednesday 17 February, 2021 at 13:15 - 15:00
Place ZOOM

As part of Humlabs effort to foreground Internet Research Ethics in various ways we welcome you to participate in a seminar with Charles Ess, Professor Emeritus, University of Oslo. In this workshop will discuss the growing need for protecting the researcher(s).


Seminar outline

The seminar begins with a brief presentation of cases that exemplify the necessity of taking steps to protect researchers whose work, or even simple identity (e.g., as an Indigenous person / researcher) may expose them to online / offline harassment. We will then review a number of resources offering guidance, tools, suggestions, etc. for protecting researchers - primarily those noted in the Association of Internet Researchers' Internet Research Ethics 3.0 Guidelines  (


In workshop mode, participants will be asked to identify primary threats to themselves (and possibly close friends, family, colleagues, etc.) potentially evoked in their research and then explore and discuss possible strategies in response, drawing either from the resources and discussion and/or their own experience and knowledge.


Suggested readings

AoIR IRE 3.0:

3.1.3 Protecting the Researcher(s), including resources listed there (p. 11)  

7.1 Keith Douglas: Operational Security: Central Considerations (pp. 78-81).



Charles Ess is Professor Emeritus, University of Oslo. He works across the intersections of philosophy, computing, applied ethics, comparative philosophy and religious studies, and media studies, with emphases on research ethics, Digital Religion, virtue ethics, and social robots. Ess has published extensively on ethical pluralism, culturally-variable ethical norms and communicative preferences in cross-cultural approaches to Information and Computing Ethics, and their applications to everyday digital media technologies.


Registration & participation

This session is held in ZOOM and to participate you will need to register. Sign up using the form below to recieve a link to the meeting.


Organizer: Humlab
Event type: Seminar
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