[Noisebridge-board] Study Hacktivism and Stereotypes

Tom Lowenthal me at tomlowenthal.com
Mon Jul 29 12:16:11 UTC 2013


Hi Leonie

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On 25 July 2013 18:59, Leonie Tanczer <ltanczer01 at qub.ac.uk> wrote:
> Dear Board-Members,
>
> I apologise for contacting you and using this mailing-list for my own
> research-purpose, however, I wanted to contact you before posting anything
> you do not appreciate on any of the more general mailing-lists. My name is
> Leonie Tanczer, I am currently MSc student in Political Psychology at
> Queen's University Belfast. I email you as I would like to politely ask if
> any female list-member has an interest in participating in my study on
> hacktivism and stereotypes and would have an interest in talking to me via
> Skype or any preferred service for an approximately one-hour long interview.
> Thus, I'd also like to ask if this information could be forwarded to any
> further members through the more general mailing-lists.
>
> (a) Research Question:
>
> How societal stereotypes affects the picture and discourse of politically
> motivated hackers (hacktivists)?
>
>
>
> (b) Aims of the research:
>
> To demonstrate that societal stereotypes about hacktivists (e.g., media) are
> existent within the community (External view)
>
> To show how hacktivist relate to these stereotypes / are aware of them
> (Internal view)
>
> To pick up in the interviews what others think of hacktivists – through that
> I get a sense of the public perception and can demonstrating that societal
> stereotypes about hacktivists affect hacktivists own talk and sense making
> about themselves (Internal view)
>
> To analyse how these stereotypes change what they are doing (Internal
> view/Comparison)
>
>
> (c) Participants:
>
> 10-12 Interviews with male (5) and female (5) hacktivists (German-English
> speaking).
>
> All of them have to define themselves as “hacktivists” (politically
> motivated hackers).
>
> Currently I am only missing one more female participant, thus, I would very
> much appreciate if someone would be interested to participate in an
> interview next week with me.
>
>
> (d) Method
>
> Foucauldian Discourse Analysis
>
>
> (e) How will confidentiality be ensured:
>
> All personal details about the participants, as well as the interview
> transcripts will be stored at and evaluated on the researchers personal,
> password-protected laptop only. No external hardware (e.g., different
> laptop, PC, USB) will be used to analyse the data and data will not be moved
> from the researchers laptop. Additionally, to guarantee security and
> anonymity, all the information will be encrypted based on the advanced
> encryption standard (AES 256bit) using the free open-source software
> Truecrypt.
>
>
> I would organise any time which suits the participants - though, the earlier
> the date -the better for me, as I am currently under immense time pressure
> and would like to start the analysis phase of my thesis.
>
>
> Here a link to a more detailed information and my PGP publik key:
> https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/13677106/Participant%20Information%20Sheet%20%28detailed%29.pdf
>
>
> I hope I provided enough information about my research and could either
> interest someone in participating in this study, or help me gaining contact
> to potential interview partners.
>
> Please feel free to contact me if you have more question and I would be
> thankful if you would come back to me.
>
>
>
> Sincerely
>
> Leonie Tanczer
>
>
>
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