Ethical Practices for Security Research with At-Risk Populations

Rasika Bhalerao, Vaughn Hamilton, Allison McDonald, Elissa M. Redmiles, Angelika Strohmayer

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A growing body of security and privacy research focuses on at-risk populations - those who are marginalized, stigmatized, and/or criminalized - and who may face significant harm from research conducted about themselves and their communities. For example, recent research has studied family members of those in prison, survivors of domestic violence, undocumented immigrants, and sex workers. At-risk communities have a heightened need for confidentiality, consideration for possible past trauma, and research justice given inherent power differentials. Here, we offer a set of ethical research practices we have deployed in research with multiple at-risk communities. We hope these practices will serve as guidance and a springboard for discussion about what it means to conduct ethical research, particularly with marginalized, stigmatized, and/or criminalized groups.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 7th IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy Workshops,
Subtitle of host publicationEuroS&PW 2022
Place of PublicationPiscataway, US
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781665495608
ISBN (Print)9781665495615
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2022
Event7th IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy: EuroS&P 2022 - Grand Hotel Savoia, Genoa, Italy
Duration: 6 Jun 202210 Jun 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy Workshops (Euro S&PW)
ISSN (Print)2768-0649
ISSN (Electronic)2768-0657


Conference7th IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy
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