The second principle, beneficence, involves maximizing possible benefits and good for the subject, while minimizing the amount of possible harm and risks resulting from the research. Since the fruits of knowledge can come at a cost to those participating in research, the last principle, justice, seeks a fair distribution of the burdens and benefits associated with research, so that certain individuals or groups do not bear disproportionate risks while others reap the benefits.If this experiment isn't repeated, and Havalais continues to make the results of his work widely available so that the maximum number of potential Wikipedia users benefit from it, then maybe it is ok. If, on the other hand, if this spawns a bunch of amateur researchers trying to see if they can get something by, then that's too bad.
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