Ethical Encounters in HCI: Research in Sensitive Settings

Jenny Waycott, Hilary Davis, Anja Thieme, Stacy Branham, John Vines, Cosmin Munteanu

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Abstract

With HCI researchers conducting studies in increasingly sensitive and difficult settings, ethics is emerging as a key concern for the HCI community. New technologies are now being designed and evaluated in settings that involve vulnerable or marginalized participants and that can be emotionally challenging for researchers. Research in these settings can produce complex ethical dilemmas that are often emergent, diverse, and highly contextualized. In addition, there may be discrepancies between the realities of HCI fieldwork and the formal and often rigid processes of obtaining ethics approval in research institutions. Given these issues, it is important for researchers to communally reflect on ethical encounters in HCI research. This workshop will provide a forum for researchers to share experiences about ethical challenges they have faced. These discussions will be used to develop a handbook of practical lessons representing the breadth and depth of ethical issues emerging in HCI research in sensitive settings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherACM Association for Computing Machinery
Pages2369–2372
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781450331463
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2015
Event33rd Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 18 Apr 201523 Apr 2015

Publication series

NameCHI EA '15
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery

Conference

Conference33rd Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Abbreviated titleCHI 2015
CountryKorea, Republic of
CitySeoul
Period18/04/1523/04/15

Keywords

  • sensitive settings
  • vulnerable participants
  • ethics

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