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Accepted Paper:

Challenges of Digital Ethnography  
Mahnoor Shoaib (De Montfort University)

Paper short abstract:

This paper aims to discuss the following: Explore some of the issues attached to digital ethnography. Understand its limitations, especially in the case of developing communities.

Paper long abstract:

Ethnography is the study of people's behaviours and interactions through research and self-observation or piecing together the experiences of those living there to understand different cultures. Thus, digital ethnography is a great tool and has been proven to be very valuable supporting research in the time of pandemic enduring opportunities to collaborate and participate in research practices digitally.

Even so, digital ethnography can be exciting, on the other hand, it does require us to understand potential issues as well as limitations arising within its use or study. The aim of participating in this conference is to engage in an interesting discussion and debate to develop a better understanding, explore the potential as well challenges that come with digital ethnography in the context of developing communities by sharing some of my own experience with remote data collection as well as on-ground fieldwork in Karachi, Pakistan. It is influenced by many factors for instance acquisition of experience and skills within digital ethnography in the forms of knowledge that can be taught to students which is vital like programming languages, history, cryptography, infrastructure, applications and so on. Moreover, accessibility for informants as well as communities studied, developments in increased access to digital media with all ethical considerations that follow with increased skills understanding the challenges developing in connection with the classical anthropology to build upon. Further, matching the ground realities in terms of time and data, whether that's current and reliable and their impact on the outcomes and quality of research.

Panel P22b
Researching the post-pandemic city through digital ethnography