[hackerspaces] Master's thesis

Phil Broussard services at pbroussard.com
Thu Jan 16 06:17:11 CET 2014

On Jan 15, 2014, at 2:31 PM, matt <matt at nycresistor.com> wrote:
> > 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.
> Just because someone might use statistics to further an agenda doesn't mean all research into a subject should be curtailed. 

I work for a massive corporation and had the pleasure to get to know one of the guys in the marketing department. His job was doing voice of the customer surveys. 

I mentioned interest in what we can learn from his surveys and this is what he said. Never trust the results of a survey. The person righting them always has an agenda and will word the questions to get the results they need. 

Should we trust the results or be worried our hackerspace will be infiltrated? No. You should be aware that surveys and studies are done to prove something and the participants rarely know what it really is.  

That's my 2 cents. 


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