Ethics in Research

By Melissa Jones

In our technologically driven society privacy is a major concern as access to information is easily gained. Through the details of our lives, the internet and its many platforms, (blogs, social network sites) have changed, greatly, the way our information is seen, generated, shared, and researched.

But I’m not that Interesting

What we buy-with what credit card, where we go, and whom we love- according to Blue (2015), “is being extracted from the internet, bundled up and sold by data-mining companies” (p.96). This data is collected from the ads on each website, which attaches a tracking code to your movements and collects that information. Your information is then “sold to advertisers for about two-fifths of a cent” (p.96), which is part of a multibillion dollar industry that functions on the collection and sale of you.

Researchers and developers are also interested in this information. Your personal opinion and information, which is available for free and or purchased, are collected to render conclusions about opinion and product feedback by monitoring your Internet usage, so to better direct marketing efforts (Hoser & Nitschke, 2010).

Daniel Kleppner, of Massachusetts Institute of Technology reported on, *Ensuring the Integrity, Accessibility, and Stewardship of Research Data in the Digital Age *(2010), and suggesting that Researchers should develop professional standards to manage their projects to ensure integrity, Institutions should train researchers to properly manage data, and the role of data professional from all initiations from all disciplines should be recognized, to ensure insure ethics in research.

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Kleppner, Daniel. (2010). *Ensuring the Integrity, Accessibility, and Stewardship of * *Research Data in the Digital Age**. Retrieved from http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1023&context=iatul2010 http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1023&context=iatul2010*