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Human Subjects Research and Investigation

Overview

Publiks is committed to fostering and conducting the most beneficial, humane and respectful modes of research and investigation involving human subjects.

Therefore, persons and entities engaged in activity within, for, on behalf of, in reference to and more generally pertaining to Publiks are expected to uphold the following:

Your Agreement

— With respect to the Agreement you enter into with Publiks via the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation, you understand and adhere to the following:

Persons Adhering to Agreement
that the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation is to be adhered to by a wide range of associated individuals and communities ― including but not limited to board and committee members, leadership, management, officers, staff, employees, volunteers, representatives, agents, collaborators, partners, and visitors and users ― as they work in its capacity to establish, further develop, operate, collaborate with, carry out the mission and purposes of, and also visit, use and participate in the offerings of Publiks.
Applicability and Governance of Agreement
that the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation governs any and all of your access, actions, activity, communication, operations, participation or other use in, with, for, on behalf of, in reference to or otherwise pertaining to Publiks, its series, subsidiaries and affiliates, and its Products and Services, including the Sites.
Entry and Continuation of Agreement
that whenever you engage in any access, action, activity, communication, operation, participation or other use in, with, for, on behalf of, in reference to or otherwise pertaining to Publiks, its series, divisions, series, subsidiaries or affiliates, and its Products and Services, including the Sites — directly or indirectly as further described below — you are agreeing to the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation as well as the associated Codes and Policies that collectively constitute Publiks User Agreement and Code of Conduct, as they are amended from time to time.
Direct and Indirect Entry and Continuation of Agreement
that whenever you engage in the above described activities directly or indirectly — whether engaged in through Publiks, its series, divisions, series, subsidiaries or affiliates, and its Products and Services, including the Sites; or through persons and entities working with Publiks, its series, divisions, series, subsidiaries or affiliates, and its Products and Services, including the Sites; or working with such engaged activities and resulting media, materials or otherwise — you are also agreeing to the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation as well as the associated Codes and Policies that collectively constitute Publiks User Agreement and Code of Conduct, as they are amended from time to time.
Binding Nature and Validity of Agreement
that you are also thus indicating that you understand the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation and the Codes and Policies, that you intend them to be the legal equivalent of a signed, written contract, equally binding, and that you accept such Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation and Codes and Policies and agree to be legally bound by them (your “Agreement”).
Agreement On Behalf of Organization
that if you are engaging in any of the above described activities, communication or uses for or on behalf of an organization, you are agreeing to this Agreement on behalf of that organization, and represent and warrant that you can do so.
In Case of Non-Agreement or Inability to Honor
that you will not engage in any of the above described activities, communication or uses if you do not agree to all of the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation or the Codes and Policies or if your jurisdiction will not honor them.

And furthermore, by using or visiting, in any way, Publiks, any area, part, section or properties of Publiks, any area, part, section or properties of its series, divisions, series, subsidiaries or affiliates, as well as any of the Products or Services, including the Sites, you accept and agree to the terms, conditions and requirements described above, and in these Codes and Policies, in its entirety without modification.

Your Consent to The Policy

With respect to your ability to agree and consent to the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation, you represent and warrant the following:

Your Power and Authority
that you have the power and authority to enter into the agreement entailed in the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation, including, where applicable, the power and authority to enter into the agreement on behalf of an organization.
Required Age or Permission and Supervision
that you are at least eighteen (18) years old or if younger at least thirteen (13) years old and engage in activity, communication, operation, participation, visit or other use in relation to Publiks, its series, subsidiaries and affiliates, or its Products and Services, including the Sites with the permission and supervision of an adult parent or guardian.
Reading and Understanding
that you have read and understood the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation.
Voluntary Nature of Consent
that you understand your consent to be voluntary in nature.
Agreement and Consent
that you consented to and agreed to be legally bound by the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation.

And furthermore, by using or visiting, in any way, Publiks, any area, part, section or properties of Publiks, any area, part, section or properties of its series, divisions, series, subsidiaries or affiliates, as well as any of the Products and Services, including the Sites, you accept and agree that your consent meets the conditions, principles and requirements for consent, as delineated and described in a these Codes and Policies — for the specific purpose of consenting to this Policy, the Agreement and the Codes and Policies.

Your Abiding by The Policies

You represent, warrant and covenant that, given the above attestation about your consent to the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation, you have read, understood, consented to and agreed to be legally bound by and abide by the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation and the Codes and Policies, as they are amended from time to time, and in its entirety without modification.

— You represent, warrant and covenant that, given the above attestation about your consent and adherence to the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation, you have also read, understood, consented to and agreed to be legally bound by and abide by understandings of human subjects research and investigation as defined in all applicable law and regulation, by Publiks in the Codes and Polices, and as further delineated below, to be respected and not misused or unethically conducted, in any way, by you.

Your Understanding of Biospecimens, Data and Information

— You represent, warrant and covenant that, given the above attestation about your consent and adherence to the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation, you have also read, understood, consented to and agreed to be legally bound by and abide by understandings of biospecimens, data and information as defined in all applicable law and regulation, by Publiks in the Codes and Polices, and as further delineated below, to be respected and not misused or unethically processed, in any way, by you.

Your Understanding of Human Subjects Research Principles and Rights

— You represent, warrant and covenant that, given the above attestation about your consent and adherence to the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation, you have also read, understood, consented to and agreed to be legally bound by and abide by understandings of human subjects research principles and of human subjects research rights as defined in all applicable law and regulation, by Publiks in the Codes and Polices, and as further delineated below, to be respected and not infringed or violated, in any way, by you.

Your Understanding of Human Subjects Research Protections

— You represent, warrant and covenant that, given the above attestation about your consent and adherence to the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation, you have also read, understood, consented to and agreed to be legally bound by and abide by protections for human subjects, for human subjects research, for biospecimens, data and information, for human subjects principles and for human subjects rights, as they are provided for and defined in all applicable law and regulation, by Publiks in the Codes and Polices, and as further delineated below, to be fulfilled and respected and not breached or violated, in any way, by you.

Your Commitment to the Understandings

— You also represent, warrant and covenant that, given the aforementioned attestation, your commitment to these understandings of human subjects, of human subjects research, of biospecimens, data and information, of human subjects principles, of human subjects rights, and of its protections shall entail the following:

Basis for Your Actions, Activity and Decisions
its basis for any human subjects research activity you engage in with respect to Publiks — including its series, subsidiaries and affiliates, as well as its Products and Services — and that any such actions and decisions you engage in shall be free of any incompatibility with, inconsistency with or violation of this Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation and all applicable laws, protections and regulations.
Commitment to Informed Consent
that this commitment include but not be limited to ensuring and maintaining for every human research subject concerned at Publiks reasonably informed consent and informing consent process before, during and after the conduct of activities involving research and biospecimens, data and information.
Commitment to Care and Safety
that this commitment include but not be limited to ensuring and maintaining for every human research subject concerned at Publiks protections of its care and safety before, during and after the conduct of activities involving research and biospecimens, data and information.
Commitment to Confidentiality
that this commitment include but not be limited to ensuring and maintaining for every human research subject concerned at Publiks protections of confidentiality before, during and after the conduct of activities involving research and confidential, personal, private and sensitive biospecimens, data and information.
Commitment to Privacy
that this commitment include but not be limited to ensuring and maintaining for every human research subject concerned at Publiks protections of privacy before, during and after the conduct of activities involving research and confidential, personal, private and sensitive biospecimens, data and information.
Commitment to Necessary Limitations
that this commitment include but not be limited to ensuring and maintaining for every person concerned at Publiks the limiting of processing of confidential, personal, private and sensitive data and information to what is strictly necessary for the research activity, communication, operation, product, service or other use and purposes consented to by the owner of the confidential, personal, private and sensitive data and information.
Commitment to Protections Following From and Ahead of the Law
that you also respectfully assist and in no way interfere with or impede the reasonable efforts taken by Publiks to obtain, keep current and comply with required human subjects research guidelines, law and regulation, as they pertain to applicable local, state, national and international jurisdictions, including but also often beyond what the law provides for and protects with respect to human research subjects — especially, the Belmont ReportDeclaration of HelsinkiNuremburg Code, United States Health Insurance Portability and Accountability ActUnited States Policy for Protection of Human Research Subjects, and United Nations Declaration of Bioethics and Human Rights, as well as Publiks’s Policy on Data and Information, itself further informed by the California Consumer Privacy Act and European Union General Data Protection Regulation and a number of privacy protections in California, including the constitutional right to privacy provided for in the State Constitution of California.

And furthermore, by using or visiting, in any way, Publiks, any area, part, section or properties of Publiks, any area, part, section or properties of its divisions, series, subsidiaries or affiliates, as well as any of the Products or Services, including the Sites, you accept and agree to the terms, conditions and requirements described above, and in these Codes and Policies, in its entirety without modification.

Accordance with Ethics

— that Publiks ensure following the above principles further remains in accordance with the Codes and Policies and especially the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics.

Further Considerations

Your Knowledge and Agreement

Publiks strongly recommends you develop and maintain your knowledge of all the Codes and Policies, and so asks that you read, understand and regularly visit this page and other communications regarding the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation, as well as the Codes and Policies. Publiks takes your continued visiting and use of its Products and Services, including its Sites, as active indication of your knowledge, understanding, legally binding acceptance and agreement.

Your Duty to Company Integrity

To protect the company and organizational integrity of The Ikoku Group and Publiks — as well as the properties, rights and protections of the company, division and its official persons — Publiks requires all natural and legal persons concerned to read, understand, abide by and, where applicable, sign contracts and agreements delineated and described in the Policy on Company and Division Integrity.

Publiks reminds you that the Policy on Company and Division Integrity forms part of Publiks User Agreement and Code of Conduct. Thus, Publiks takes your continued visiting and use of its Products and Services, including its Sites, as active indication of your legally binding acceptance of this Policy as well as the Codes and Policies.

Your Questions and Feedback

Please contact policies@publiks.org with any feedback, issues or questions — which will be addressed by the President and CEO, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku.

Your Reporting of Violations

If you detect, notice or are informed of a possible breach or violation of this Policy or any of these Codes and Policies, please contact policies@publiks.org with any details you have — which will be addressed by the President, CEO and Chair, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku.

The Definitions

As with all official documents, materials, policies and statements of Publiks, definitions for terms used here can be found in the main Codes and Policies page.

The Policy Details

Child Looking Up Among Adult Celebrants
Child at Ceremony, Ikorodu, Nigeria, 2016 (Oshomah Abubakar)
Boy Smiling While Showing Hand String Game
Boy Playing Hand Game, 2017 (Alexander Radelich)
Child in Costume Looking at Camera
Niño, Cusco, Peru, 2018 (Ben Ostrower)
Tatooed Map on Outstretched Arm
Map on Arm, Dayton, US, 2017 (Don Ross III)
Woman with Arm on Head, Smiling
Woman in Joy, Kolkota, India, 2017 (Loren Joseph)
Boy Among Chidlren in Class, Looking at Camera
Children in Classroom, Nakasaki District, Kampala, Uganda, 2017 (Bill Wegener)
Woman Seated on Mat on Floor, Holding Fan
Seated by Kpone Katamanso District Assembly Office, Tema, Ghana, 2017 (Nathaniel Tetteh)
Girl Kneeling in Busy Street
Tibetan Girl, 2017 (Journey Yang)

Central and Associated Policies

Provision

As stated earlier, The Publiks User Agreement and Code of Conduct consist of several Codes and Policies that collectively govern all of your activity with, within, for, in reference to and otherwise pertaining to Publiks, including its series, subsidiaries and affiliates, and its Products and Services. By continuing, you indicate that you understand that these Codes and Policies include — but are not limited to — the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics, the Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality, the Terms and Conditions of Use and Service, and the Acceptable Use Policy along with all Associated Codes and Policies. Access to the aforementioned is provided below.

Founding Code of Ethics

Founding Code of Ethics (HTML and PDF)

Privacy and Confidentiality

Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality (HTML and PDF)

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions of Use and Service (HTML and PDF)

Acceptable Use Policy

Acceptable Use Policy (HTML and PDF)

All Associated Policies

All Associated Policies (HTML and PDF)

*Note

*Note: Please see the main Codes and Policies page for notice on conditions incompatible with the founding and mission of Publiks.

Ethics at Publiks and in Publics

The Codes and Policies above reflect the founding and overarching missions of Publiks. They inform each instance of commitment, effort and work to achieve benefit, impact and success. The result, therefore, are three features evident in the above company entities, its products, services, sites, and most importantly, its communities:

01.

Publiks Group as Ethical Communities

The Publiks Policies are adhered to by a range of individuals and communities, who work in its varied capacities and relation to Publiks to help develop, provide and participate in a private company dedicated to enhancing the public interest.

02.

Built and Peopled with Respect in Mind

Who take as its basis the most robust conceptions of dignity, humanity, integrity and respect, including civil liberties and rights, up to and beyond what the law protects and provides for. As they carry out the overlapping missions of Publiks.

03.

In Spaces that are Safe, Secure, and Collaborative

And who also join in ongoing efforts to ensure that Publiks, as well as its Products, Services and Sites remain active, collaborative, safe and secure places to do work, to express and discuss, to teach and learn, to form, inform and even alter local and global communities.

More About Us

The Publiks Group

Publiks Inc and The Publiks Group were formed by the Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, to foster and improve public awareness, public knowledge, the public interest and local and global interrelationships concerning societies in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australasia and Europe.

— About Us

Mission, Scope, Founder

Founded as private and independent company entities, Publiks Inc and The Publiks Group are engaged in work that is both domestic and international in scope, concerned as they are with offering services to communities and entities located across borders.

— Founding & Overview

Nature, Scope, Means

Publiks Inc and The Publiks Group are governed by the Founder‘s Agreement, Founding Ethics, ByLaws and a set of associated Policies — each thoughtfully derived from the above and collectively constituting the governance communities standards documents.

— Policies

Agreement, ByLaws, Terms

Publiks Inc and The Publiks Group provide updates on news, events and media coverage pertaining to its development, operations, work and resulting communities. Also provided are alerts, newsletters and periodic reports for those who wish to sign up and stay informed.

— Communications

Press, Newsletters, Reports

Those interested may contact The Publiks Group and Publiks Inc for positions and openings in management, employee and contributing staff, and collaborations and partnerships. A career doing work here will likely be deeply rewarding.

— Careers at Ikoku & Publiks

Boards, Jobs, Contributions