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[liberationtech] Research project on privacy and encryption

Rick Valenzuela rick at
Sun Apr 10 08:32:51 PDT 2016

Hi Dr Oltmann,

I would participate in your study. I may be an atypical user for your
goals, though. I'm an American journalist who's worked mostly abroad,
my hard drives are encrypted, and my GPG key is fairly old, but I rarely
use it. But I utilize both for personal data and communication partly
because the lines blur between what's work-related and personal

I can talk by phone, but I live in Shanghai. Let me know if you're

Best regards,
Rick Valenzuela

Rick Valenzuela
Shanghai, China

+86 185 0177 0138
rick at

GnuPG ID: 0xD5644029

On Sun, Mar 20, 2016 at 10:51:07AM -0700, Yosem Companys wrote:
>From: Shannon M Oltmann <shannon.oltmann at>
>Hello! I am conducting a new research project, interviewing people who use
>encryption for personal (non-work related) use. Please read more about the
>project below and contact me if interested in participating. Thanks for
>your time.
>You are invited to take part in a research study about the use of
>encryption for hard drives and/or email.
>The purpose of this study is to find out more about reasons people use
>encryption and to better understand all perspectives. Although you will not
>get personal benefit from taking part in this research study, your
>responses may help us understand more about why people use encryption and
>about different perspectives.
>I would like to interview you about your perspective.
>I hope to complete approximately 50 interviews, so your answers are
>important to me. Of course, you have a choice about whether or not to
>complete the interview, but if you do participate, you are free to skip any
>questions or discontinue at any time.
>The interview will last 30-45 minutes. It will be performed over the
>telephone unless you request another format. With your permission, the
>interview will be audio recorded and later transcribed for analysis. Both
>the audio and the transcription will be stored in a locked filing cabinet
>or on an encrypted drive. There are no known risks beyond what is
>experienced in everyday life to participating in this study. Your response
>to the survey will be kept confidential to the extent allowed by law. When
>I write about the study you will not be identified.
>Before you decide whether to accept this invitation to take part in the
>study, please ask any questions that might come to mind now. If you have
>questions about the study, please feel free to ask; my contact information
>is given below.
>Thank you in advance for your assistance with this important project.
>Dr. Shannon M. Oltmann
>Assistant Professor
>School of Information Science
>University of Kentucky
>shannon.oltmann at

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