[ooni-dev] On the ethics of soliciting measurements and informed consent

Meredith Whittaker meredithrachel at google.com
Thu Jan 15 22:47:53 UTC 2015

Hi all,

It's great to see a lively discussion around ethics.

I would suggest reaching out to or CCIng the IRC Ethics mailing list
ethics in information control research" <ICR-ETHICS-L at listserv.utoronto.ca>)

This is an effort led out of Oxford Internet Institute and Citizen Lab,
looking at the various ethical challenges raised by networked systems,
measurement particularly. They've been doing good, careful work analyzing
complex issues such as these, and I'm sure they would be happy to consider
this issue.


On Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 9:37 PM, <jony-port at bitmessage.ch> wrote:

> Hi list,
> It is more fair to consider OONI as an end-user
> network measurements tool running voluntarily and it should not be
> compared directly with various network measurements projects. Some
> relying on closed source software, non documented/hidden methodologies
> or could potential disclose user information to law enforcement.
> There is nothing really illegal or improper (except ISP
> limitations/rules) that disallows a user to conduct network related
> measurements on it's own Internet connection. The user can decide
> the risks associated while running OONI, pretty much as in any
> other application for instance nmap and other security/port scanners.
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Meredith Whittaker
Open Source Research Lead
Google NYC
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