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[liberationtech] Research project on privacy and encryption

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Sun Mar 20 10:51:07 PDT 2016

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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