Dialing Privacy and Utility: A Proposed Data-Sharing Framework to Advance Internet Research

IEEE Security & Privacy, Vol. 8, No. 4, pp. 31-39, July-Aug. 2010, doi:10.1109/MSP.2010.57

9 Pages Posted: 5 Oct 2009 Last revised: 1 Feb 2014

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Erin Kenneally

Elchemy ; International Computer Science Institute (ICSI); U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security; UC San Diego, CAIDA

KC Claffy

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

Date Written: October 12, 2009

Abstract

We revisit 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, trust, legal risk, utility

JEL Classification: K100, K19, K39, M14, O31, O32, O39

Suggested Citation

Kenneally, Erin E. and Claffy, KC C., Dialing Privacy and Utility: A Proposed Data-Sharing Framework to Advance Internet Research (October 12, 2009). IEEE Security & Privacy, Vol. 8, No. 4, pp. 31-39, July-Aug. 2010, doi:10.1109/MSP.2010.57. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1483236

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KC C. Claffy

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