Ben Zevenbergen is a Ph.D student at the Oxford Internet Institute. His research focuses on information privacy theory and privacy impact assessments for emerging Internet technologies. He’s also a Senior Fellow with the Open Technology Fund where he conducts research into the ethics of networked systems research. Next to his studies he has worked on projects in the fields of cyber security, Internet governance, copyright, virtual communities and identity verification. Before starting his doctoral research he was a policy advisor on information policy at the European Parliament and a practicing lawyer in Amsterdam.
Ethical dilemmas in information control research and conducting Internet measurements 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. After a presentation and discussion on some ethical considerations, students will tackle some practical dilemmas in these fields in an interactive session.