By Moya Bailey

I began this project by talking to the different communities that have a stake in the research. I reached out to folks within my online community of friends and activists to create an advisory panel. This advisory panel is filled with some of the leading digital feminist activists of today. I’ll break out my process into separate tasks and actions.

  • I sent them an email asking if they’d like to participate.
  • Those who agreed, were invited to join a listserv where I will post questions and solicit help as needed.
  • Because academic books make very little money, I also endeavor to find meaningful ways to compensate this group for their work and time.

Because academic books make little to no money, one of the ways I will try to reimburse collaborators for their time is through a small fund to be used as they see fit. I’ve begun to set aside some money from speaking engagements related to my research, so that they can access some financial benefit for their participation. Though the Internal Review Board (IRB) that works to ensure the ethics of academic research, is concerned about research participants being coerced by large amounts of money used to influence their participation in studies that have great risk, it has yet to account for the ways in which academics profit off of participants, via tenure, book deals, speaking engagements, career advancement etc. Communities have little control over how these resources are distributed and often have no way of benefiting from these forms of compensation. In my next post, I will explore this in detail.