IRBs are increasingly presented with research conducted over the internet. The internet opens immense possibilities for data collection, analysis, and transmission. However, it also poses unique and possibly unknown risks. Contrary to popular belief, research conducted over the internet is not anonymous. Internet research often increases the complexity of obtaining a signed informed consent. However, the very nature of the internet and its blurred distinction between the public and private domains, questions the very interpretation and applicability of current policies and regulations for human subject research. Please submit all human subjects research utilizing the internet for review.
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