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I don't think this is an issue raised by open data at all. The ethical dilemma you describe arises whether or not Tony did his research using open data. All that open data does is make Tony's research task quicker and cheaper. At the end, he - and the person who reuses his findings - still have questions to answer which are independent of their data sources. That's not to say that there aren't issues to consider when you have purpose-blind access to underlying data. It does mean that good and bad consequences can arise and there are those who feel strongly that we need to change things to allow the good and prevent the bad. My personal view favours openness, but perhaps because I have a greater tolerance of the varied outcomes that will arise. What needs to be guarded against is a false sort of openness that is skewed towards those with lots of resources. That tends to mean that large vested interests use open data to exploit us, but we as citizens don't get the benefit.
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