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Research Objectives

This thesis aims to fulfil the following research objectives:

1. To conduct an analysis of the history and theory behind informed consent principles and practice, specifically concentrating on the evolution of informed consent and its use within information technology settings.

2. To examine the current informed consent procedures in use within the field of information technology, as well as the limitations of the theory and practices used, and some of the consequences of these limitations through the example of End User License Agreements.

3. To investigate the proposal of a different theory for informed consent to be used for information technology purposes, its improvements on the currently-held theory, and its limitations.

4. To establish an informed consent framework for use in information technology settings, with recommendations for practical application of the theory established in (3) in order to improve user experience within the area of End User License Agreements.

Catherine Flick 2010-02-03