chapter  3
Towards a networked ethics
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Developing a moral compass for a networked, multimedia anthropology means adapting to key characteristics of research in a socially networked age: that information flows between networks of acquaintances, and that informants and communities are interested in a 'privacy' that they define as keeping their material to a networked public of their own design. But the ethical issues raised move multimedia anthropology into grey territory. Collaboration has a robust history in anthropological fieldwork. But like networked anthropology, those collaborations have rarely been acknowledged or, if they have, then in a backhanded way that denies collaborators agency. A connected anthropology means both acknowledging the contexts that surround the anthropological encounter, as well as extending the networked skein of relationships beyond those initial contexts. And instead of conceptualizing those relationships as a series of dichotomies between individuals and abstract wholes, networked anthropology simply extends out the network to encompass other significant relationships between stakeholders.