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World Wide ResearchReshaping the Sciences and Humanities$
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William H. Dutton and Paul W. Jeffreys

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014397

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014397.001.0001

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8.3 Protecting Confidentiality

8.3 Protecting Confidentiality

(p.249) 8.3 Protecting Confidentiality
World Wide Research

Julia Lane

The MIT Press

Social scientists are now able to observe human interactions in cyberspace and to use digital technology to track what people do and when they do it. This has resulted in an explosion of rich new sources of research data, but has also raised issues of confidentiality of data. Moreover, researchers in the social sciences have not been proactive in changing the way data are accessed. This chapter examines how social scientists can protect the confidentiality of personal data collected from the people who are the subjects of their research using the tools of e-Research. It highlights the need for a more focused approach that will demonstrate how e-Research can be beneficial without compromising confidentiality.

Keywords:   e-Research, confidentiality, social sciences, personal data, social scientists

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