The Oxford Internet Institute is excited to welcome Dr Jonah Rimer from the School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography for the OxDeg talk 'Anthropology, Ethnography, and the Study of Online Sexual Offending'.

This seminar explores empirical and theoretical considerations about human interaction with and in the online world. It will present findings from an ethnographic study of Internet sexual offending, which was based on 17 months of fieldwork in UK group programs for online child sexual exploitation material offenders. Focus will be placed on how Internet use, constructions of boundaries, perceptions of online spaces, and associated changes in social interaction norms played a key role in participants’ decision-making and their demarcation between online environments and the “real” world. The presentation will then explore how broader aspects of this research, as well as anthropology more generally, could potentially inform and shed light on behaviours, norms, and morality in other online contexts. Ethical and methodological issues raised by the anthropological study of online social processes and identities will also be discussed and debated. This includes considerations about how best to research online phenomena using both offline and online methods, complexities raised by openly available online public data, and questions about how researchers can know where people’s online and offline lives and sentiments converge and diverge.

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