I am a professor of social media research at Uppsala Univeråsity. I have been writing books about "Internet and Society" and am currently writing one about social media. The results of this study will be published as a research report. The questions about social media use are intended to find out if social media play any role or if it is more interpersonal communication (face to face) that matters. There is a lot of research going on about social media use in protests, but the actual role of social media has not been clarified. You can also read more about why I think that social media research matters for Occupy here:
I also recommend that you have a look at some of my articles etc so that you see what kind of work I am doing and what I am writing about: http://fuchs.uti.at
You are not the first one to raise the fear that this survey is conducted by the police in order to monitor activists. But it definitely isn't, no need for a conspiracy assumption, but I fully understand that activists have such doubts and fears, given police violence at protests, etc. We are conducting this survey only for academic purposes (the interest in studying social media), there is no funding behind it, except for the work time at university, I hope having a look at the kind of work I am doing can assure you of that. If you have more questions, then please simply contact me.
I spent about 1/2 an hour and was half way through when I bounced.
I left this comment for Christian directly - and also here for everyone to read.
Too long. Too many specific questions about this application in this specific place. I bounced. I flet like I may be setting myself up with a conspiracy to break the law charge.
What possible use would all that specific data about which social tools we used, be? Other than a stupid cop organization that doesn't know anything about the social networking - or a marketing research company.
Lastly, you identify yourself as, "a group of researchers in Sweden". Please indicate who you work for.
What is the role of social media like Occupii, Facebook and Twitter in occupations and protests? We are a group of researchers in Sweden who is keen to find out and therefore conduct a survey among activists. We invite some users of Occupii to participate in it, and were therefore happy if you could take 15 minutes time in order to help us find out what role social media play in contemporary protests:
If you have any more questions about the survey, please contact us. If you do not find time to participate or find such surveys not interesting or annoying, then please simply ignore our request and excuse any inconvenience. Thanks a lot.
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