Abstract: This article grew out of work with early career researchers working in ICTD and in mobile learning, specifically those at the intersection of those two emergent disciplines, the field sometimes called mobile learning for development. It originally provided an overview of issues that are important but not core to their work, for example institutional ethics procedures, and also so raised wider concerns about research interventions using ICT in international development. The implicit ethical issue is the inadequacy of current ethical assumptions and practices in universities in the West and the North when working in the South with ICT. The pre-eminence of these universities has meant that these issues have historically gone unnoticed and un-articulated.