I just saw this group and decided to join. Lori I met you this past May at the ICQI Conference and attended your session (and you told me about AoIR). I am in the proposal stage of my dissertation and my research is on virtual communities of practice and how they are used as support groups. Internet research is fascinating to me and I want to learn more about it. It also has some issues in terms of public vs private in terms of the participants, ethics, etc.
I would like to know how the IRB is addressing these issues in terms of research and are there any adjustments or amendments being made for this new genre?