Reflecting on Ethics in the Investigation of Online Communication during Emergencies



The use of social media to communicate in cases of emergencies has gained more and more importance in recent years. Studying such web and social media data is not only a methodological challenge, but ethical questions also arise. In this article we describe some of those ethical issues and our reflections with a focus on dissemination of results based on the RESCUE project.


Ethics Social Media Research RESCUE project 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut Journalismus und Public RelationsFH JOANNEUM-University of Applied Sciences GrazGrazAustria
  2. 2.Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and SocietyBerlinGermany
  3. 3.Department of CommunicationUniversity of ViennaWienAustria
  4. 4.Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied SciencesOsloNorway
  5. 5.Åbo Akademi UniversityHelsinkiFinland
  6. 6.University of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  7. 7.Aberystwyth UniversityAberystwythUK

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