ACM SIGCOMM 2015, London, UK
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Workshop on Ethics in Networked Systems Research

Co-located with ACM SIGCOMM’15

Friday August 21st 2015

London, UK

Workshop location

The workshop will take place in Huxley Building, rooms 341/342. For directions inside Imperial College check the campus map (building number 13).


A full day workshop titled “Ethics in Networked Systems Research” will be held at the ACM SIGCOMM 2015 in London. This multidisciplinary workshop will bring together two distinct groups of researchers:

  • Computer scientists, network scientists and other technical researchers who are interested in the ethical and legal aspects of their work;
  • Researchers studying the various ethical, social scientific and legal aspects of data-driven projects in the field of computer and data communication networks.

This workshop seeks 1 to 4 page summaries, focussing on ethical considerations of papers, publications and projects from the two disciplines, for example:

  • Technical research in the field of computer and data communication networks that either operates in an ethical grey zone, collects and processes personal data/personal identifiable information, or has been rejected from another venue on ethical grounds;
  • Ethical, social scientific or legal research that reflects on - or aims to guide - technical research and projects in the field of computer and data communication networks, especially an analysis to minimise the potential harm whilst enabling a broad range of Internet research to be conducted.

Selected authors and invited speakers will present their work, which will be followed by a structured discussion. The workshop will also facilitate an interactive session in which participants will split into multidisciplinary groups and address emerging ethical dilemmas in Internet measurement and information controls research, partly based on the submitted summaries. This session will be informed by a website (currently under development), that presents ethical guidelines for the fields of Internet measurement and information control. Papers submitted to this workshop will not be archived in the formal sense, so authors can submit papers elsewhere, or submit summaries of previously accepted papers.

Important Dates

  • March 31st, 2015

    Paper submission deadline

  • April 30th, 2015

    Paper acceptance notification

  • Organisers
  • Prof Ian Brown

    Oxford Internet Institute

  • Dr Joss Wright

    Oxford Internet Institute

  • Bendert Zevenbergen

    LLM. (Oxford Internet Institute)

  • Erin Kenneally

    University of California San Diego, Center for Applied Internet Research, & Elchemy, Inc.

  • Malavika Jayaram

    Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard + Centre for Internet & Society, India

  • Allen Gunn

    Aspiration Tech

  • Meredith Whittaker

    Measurement Lab

  • Christopher Wilson

    the engine room

  • Stuart Schechter

    Microsoft Research

Please email papers to