Tuesday, March 22, 2011

AAA Ethics Task Force Blog

The AAA has been working hard over the last several years to update its ethics position. In an exciting move toward transparency, the AAA membership is being asked to give feedback on the process thus far. I am passing along a message from Katie MacKinnon:

The AAA’s Task Force for Comprehensive Ethics Review is in the process of reviewing and revising our code of ethics, and we are soliciting the help of the members in this process.

Thus far, five principles have been posted to the Ethics Task Force blog.

I would like to ask that you please circulate this info with your blog readership (and/or other anthropology colleagues who might be interested), and suggest that folks send any comments/thoughts back to the task force, preferably as entries on the blog. We would like a wide readership to generate a useful discussion on these topics, and we will re-send the entire list when all principles have been posted.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Katie MacKinnon
Member, Task Force for Comprehensive Ethics Review

Posted principles (from the blog):
•Informed consent is a dynamic, continuous and reflective process
•Balance the responsibility to disseminate with its potential consequence
•Be open and honest regarding your work. Make your results accessible
•Balance competing ethical obligations due collaborators and affected parties
•Do no harm

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