Establishing Community Ethics in Internet and Networked Systems Research
Ethical dilemmas in Internet engineering research have been a topic of increasing debate over the last few years. As the Internet is becoming increasingly pervasive in people’s lives, networked systems research projects are collecting increasingly sensitive data on individuals, or affecting people in previously unknown ways. A discrepancy exists between human subject research - where there are relatively strict and broadly-understood ethical traditions – and networked systems research where (a) the consideration of these issues is relatively new, and (b) the existing best practices from other fields don't easily translate. This project consists of several multidisciplinary workshops on both sides of the Atlantic that will lead to ethical guidelines, a policy paper, and a comprehensive research website.