Three key values for ethical cyberspace research practices are evident in recent discussions:
Much of the argumentation aims to negotiate the ethical conflicts that often emerge between these goals. Bakhtin (1981,1984, 1986, 1990, 1993) argues that one can only strive for a bottom-up ethical wisdom built upon concrete examples, and disputes the possibility that rigid top-down application of universal rules constitutes ethical action. His perspective has key implications for ethical research practices. This perspective is illustrated through recent fieldwork and writing practices in a virtual community.
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