Survey on Liberation Technologies and Global Protest Movements

I am conducting a comparative study on uses of the Internet in protest movements around the world. One of the ways I am collecting data is through an online survey. I would appreciate your help in distributing this information and getting people to fill out the survey. Thanks!


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Liberation Technologies and Global Protest Movements
We need your help in collecting information about the use of the Internet in global protest movements. The survey should take 30 to 60 minutes to complete. The survey consists mostly of open ended questions that will require you to compose a written answer. Participating in this study may not benefit you directly, but it will help us understand how activists across the globe are attempting to create new forms of organizing to promote social change, and how the nature of activism is being transformed by the programmers who design Internet technologies and the journalists who report on their use. All the information you provide will be kept confidential (see the survey website for a complete Informed Consent form). The survey can be accessed here:




Tecnologías de Liberación y Movimientos de Protesta Globales
Necesitamos tu ayuda para recolectar información sobre el uso de la Internet en los movimientos de protesta globales. El cuestionario tomará de 30 a 60 minutos en ser completado. El cuestionario consiste principalmente en preguntas abiertas que requieren que formules una respuesta escrita. Participar en este estudio tal vez no te beneficie directamente pero nos ayudará a entender cómo los activistas alrededor del mundo están tratando de crear nuevas formas de organizar cambios sociales, cómo la naturaleza del activismo está siendo transformada por los programadores que diseñan tecnologías de Internet, y cómo los periodistas reportan sobre su uso. Toda la información que nos proporciones se mantendrá de forma confidencial (ve la declaración de Consentimiento Informado en la página web del cuestionario). Se puede acceder al cuestionario aquí:


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  1. Mine is a quick question … Is there/will there, be a way for ‘you’ Ulises Mejiasto, to confirm and/or authenticate that the survey answers will be by those really wishing to help/advance social media ‘smoke signals’ – as opposed to those that may want just the opposite? Would hate to think there was a way for this research to be sabotaged, leaving your findings to be wrong or inaccurate. Hope you can understand my query! and the reasons behind it.

  2. Cheena1,

    There are a number of safeguards that a study like this can implement. Firstly, we are looking not just at individual answers, but collective patterns and trends. If a particular opinion is replicated across multiple responses, then it is unlikely it is a fake. Secondly, we are complementing this approach with others, like face-to-face interviews at multiple sites. Yes, there are different “authentication” issues when conducting face-to-face interviews, but it’s better than relying on one single strategy. Lastly, any final report must discuss the limitations of the data collection methods. In other words, we will be upfront about the shortcomings of the study, but explain why we felt more stringent “authentication” procedures might drive respondents away, or worse, put them at risk.

    Thanks for your concerns.

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