Reflecting on ethics in the investigation of online communication during emergencies

Eva Goldgruber*, Julian Ausserhofer, Harald Hornmoen, Steen Steensen, Klas Backholm, Gudrun Reimerth, Elsebeth Frey, Rune Ottosen, Colin John McInnes

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Ethics in the Digital Age
Subtitle of host publicationEthics for the Social Sciences and Humanities in Times of Mediatization and Digitization
EditorsFarina Dobrick , Jana Fischer, Lutz M. Hagen
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9783658129095
ISBN (Print)9783658129088
Publication statusPublished - 08 Dec 2017


  • Ethics
  • RESCUE project
  • Social media research


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