[Noisebridge-board] Study Hacktivism and Stereotypes

Andy Isaacson adi at hexapodia.org
Tue Jul 30 13:19:33 UTC 2013


CCing Leonie in case of unsubscription.

-andy

On Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 02:16:11PM +0200, Tom Lowenthal wrote:
> Hi Leonie
> 
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> 
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> 
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> Tom Lowenthal
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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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