An Internet Data Sharing Framework for Balancing Privacy and Utility
Elchemy; University of California San Diego
University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
October 12, 2009
We re-visit the common assumption that privacy risks of sharing Internet infrastructure data outweigh the benefits, and suggest that we have a window of opportunity in which to apply methods for undertaking empirical Internet research that can lower privacy risks while achieving research utility. The current default, defensive posture to not share network data derives from the purgatory formed by the gaps in regulation and law, commercial pressures, and evolving considerations of both threat models and ethical behavior. We propose steps for moving the Internet research stakeholder community beyond the relatively siloed, below-the-radar data sharing practices and into a more reputable and pervasive scientific discipline, by self-regulating through a transparent and repeatable sharing framework.
Keywords: privacy, policy, data sharing
JEL Classification: K100, K19, K39, M14, O31, O32, O39working papers series
Date posted: October 5, 2009
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