[hackerspaces] Master's thesis

Philip Poten philip.poten at gmail.com
Wed Jan 15 18:18:04 CET 2014

I would like to point out that there is discussion/scepticism in some
parts of the hacker(space) scene about the merits in taking part in
such surveys and scientific studies.

It is not that the authors of such studies are of malicious intent,
but rather that the studies can be used as a means of developing
policies, counter tactics and infiltration programs.

It is reasonable to assume that after Assange, Snowden and all the
more minor cases of cyber activists and pirates already in prison, the
data collected by such studies will not be used in a campaign to
foster the hacker(space) community and see it flourish.

Fefe has a few points lined out here in german:
http://blog.fefe.de/?ts=afed4222 for those interested.

I'm not saying don't cooperate or all researcher on this topic is evil
to begin with - but think about how little is known about the
social/networking structures of current day bankers, politicians,
lobbyists and their potential political implications. Maybe keep that
in mind, and the fact that the hacker community already has much more
open resources publicly on the web than those groups when answering
any such questions.


2014/1/15 Sophie Andriol <andriol.sophie at yahoo.fr>:
> Dear all,
> My name is Sophie Andriol, and I am a French political science student. I am
> contacting you regarding my master's thesis on hackers and their potential
> political implications. Your input is highly valued on this, regardless of
> your engagement in the community or the political sphere.
> In the context of this research, I made a survey that would require as many
> answers as possible amongst the hackers community. The more answers I will
> get for this, the more accurate my research, so don't hesitate to pass it on
> around you!
> The link is:
> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-EfybCiPTSipX1TTwBC5nD0Y4xGskdHLgGcQbZfjoEM/viewform
> (I know googledocs is not the best means to convey it but for now it's all I
> have that's free and unlimited to use, sorry about that)
> Thanks for your help!
> Sophie Andriol
> _______________________________________________
> Discuss mailing list
> Discuss at lists.hackerspaces.org
> http://lists.hackerspaces.org/mailman/listinfo/discuss

More information about the Discuss mailing list