In 2004 the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) published the report Academic Freedom and Electronic Communications. This document covered a range of scholarly activities and looked at how they were changing as a result of digital technology.
Today’s What We’re Reading features memories of Pauline Maier, Edward Ayers on the future of digital scholarship, 25 deeply painful PhD problems, and much more!
Anyone concerned about the extension of Institutional Review Board (IRB) oversight into humanities and social science research will want to read The American Association of University Professors new report on “Research on Human Subjects: Academic Freedom and the Institutional Review Board.” As the report details, the IRBs exercise virtually unchecked power, make up standards and criteria as they go along, and typically fail to provide any means of appealing their decisions.
For those who do not follow these issues, these review boards were established to protect human beings from dangerous medical or psychological experiments.