Welcome to the preparation page of the Workshop on Ethics in Networked Systems Research at the ACM SigComm conference on Friday August 21st 2015. Below we provide some links to papers and other relevant introductory material.
The workshop will take place at 180 Queen’s Gate (Huxley Building) in rooms 341 & 342.
Coffee will be served from 8.30. The first session will start at 9.00 promptly.
About 11 very short papers will be presented to groups during the workshop. We recommend you have a look at each paper before the workshop, since you may not be able to attend each presentation. They’re available from the conference website here (or in a ZipFile). We recommend you read through them to familiarise yourself with the input for the day.
As part of this project, we’ve written up the proceedings of a workshop held at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, in March 2015. We recommend reading this paper to get an idea of the technical as well as ethics considerations in this interdisciplinary field. The structure of the workshop at SigComm will be very different, but this paper explores some emerging themes and analyses reasoning from different disciplines. It is available here.
Background reading (websites and pdfs):
- Buchanan, Elizabeth (2012), ‘Ethical decision-making and internet research’, Association of Internet Researchers.
- Claffy, KC, and Clark, David (2015) ‘Workshop on Internet Economics (WIE2014) Report‘, ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review, Volume 45, Number 3.
- Deibert, Ronald and Masashi Crete Nishihata (2011), ‘Blurred boundaries: Probing the ethics of cyberspace research’, Review of Policy Research, 28 (5), 531-37.
- Dittrich, David and Erin Kenneally (2011), ‘The Menlo Report: Ethical Principles Guiding Information and Communication Technology Research’, US Department of Homeland Security.
- Dittrich, David and Erin Kenneally (2012), ‘Applying Ethical Principles to Information and Communication Technology Research: A Companion to the Department of Homeland Security Menlo Report’.
- Kenneally, Erin (2015), ‘How to throw the race to the bottom: revisiting signals for ethical and legal research using online data’, ACM SIGCAS Computers and Society, 45 (1), 4-10.
- Wright, Joss, Tulio De Souza, and Ian Brown (2011), ‘Fine-grained censorship mapping: information sources, legality and ethics’, USENIX Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the Internet (San Francisco, CA, USA, 2011).
Ben gave a 20-minute talk at the RIPE conference, in which he discuss the main points of the paper above, please see:
Finally, the tiny form to help us set expectations