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A discussion on the ethical issues in peer-to-peer network monitoring

Small, N., Meneghello, J., Lee, K., Sabooniha, N. and Schippers, R. (2012) A discussion on the ethical issues in peer-to-peer network monitoring. In: Postgraduate Electrical Engineering and Computing Symposium (PEECS 2012), 9 November, Perth, Western Australia



Peer-to-peer networks have gained a significant amount of popularity since their inception, being used in a wide variety of contexts; both legal and illegal. The demand for monitoring techniques able to analyse performance, identify copyright infringers and detect the presence of peer-to-peer traffic on networks has similarly risen. Along with them ethical issues have surfaced, awareness of which is essential when planning research requiring peer-to-peer monitoring. This paper discusses the collection of data through the monitoring of peer-to-peer networks and identifies areas of particular ethical concern in its use.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Information Technology
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