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Snowden’s revelations and the attitudes of students at Swedish universities
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Division of Visual Information and Interaction. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Computerized Image Analysis and Human-Computer Interaction.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3806-5216
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Division of Visual Information and Interaction. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Computerized Image Analysis and Human-Computer Interaction.
Cantre for Business Ethics, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan.
School of Commerce, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan.
2017 (English)In: Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, ISSN 1477-996X, E-ISSN 1758-8871, Vol. 15, no 3, 247-264 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – This study aims to map Swedish students’ attitudes towards Snowden’s revelations and their effects in the political and socio-cultural environment of Sweden.

Design/methodology/approach – A questionnaire was answered by 190 Swedish university students. The quantitative responses to the survey and qualitative considerations of free text answers were statistically analysed.

Findings – Swedish students had a high level of knowledge about the Snowden revelations; they actively searched for information, gave a positive judgement of Snowden’s actions and were willing to follow his example in Sweden, although not in the USA. They trusted their country and most of its institutions and authorities except for secret service agencies and the internet and computer software companies.

Practical implications – This study could be used as a design of education for university students, especially in information technology programmes.

Social implications – The study can be used for developing and applying policies on privacy, surveillance and whistle-blowing.

Originality/value – This study is part of a bigger international study to map students’ attitudes towards Snowden’s revelations and their opinions about privacy, surveillance and whistle-blowing opening up for cross-cultural analyses.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2017. Vol. 15, no 3, 247-264 p.
Keyword [en]
Sweden, Surveillance, Privacy, Snowden
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Human Computer Interaction Media and Communication Technology Psychology Information Systems, Social aspects Human Aspects of ICT Political Science Sociology Ethics
Research subject
Human-Computer Interaction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-329414DOI: 10.1108/JICES-02-2017-0009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-329414DiVA: diva2:1141454
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