Computer Security Research with Human Subjects: Risks, Benefits and Informed Consent

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Provided by: Columbia University
Topic: Security
Format: PDF
Computer security research frequently entails studying real computer systems and their users; studying deployed systems is critical to understanding real world problems, so is having would-be users test a proposed solution. In this paper the authors focus on three key concepts in regard to ethics: risks, benefits, and informed consent. Many researchers are required by law to obtain the approval of an ethics committee for research with human subjects, a process which includes addressing the three concepts focused on in this paper.
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