UWRF Security versus Privacy Survey 2013-2014
During fall 2013, Dr. Erick Highum led a team of UWRF student researchers to determine the level of support that UWRF students have for policies of the U.S. government regarding the ongoing debate over security versus privacy. The questions in the survey tested the level of support that UWRF students have for these policies at the individual and national levels; and allowed the researchers to compare policy support on this issue in 2011, to 2013. The team included UWRF students Kathryn Van Putten; Reven McGee; Arianna Pajtash, and Andrew Trapp, who helped create the survey and gathered responses from 350 students. Student researchers have applied to present the results of the survey at the Spring 2014 National Conference of Undergraduate Research, and will be informing the UWRF community of student views on this important political science topic in spring 2014. The overall results for each of the questions for all participating students are contained in the attached pdf document: UWRF Security versus Privacy Survey 2013-14
The overall results suggest that UWRF students who participated in the survey:
1. Strongly do not support policies that allow government surveillance of their own personal email accounts (question #12); internet browser history (question #13); and social networking activity (question #14);
2. As was the case in the 2011-2012 UW-RF international Terrorism Survey, strongly do not support the policies of government surveillance of cell phone communications (question #18); financial accounts (question #19); internet use (question #17); and social networking sites (question #20). Two observations regarding these findings are interesting: a. the level of opposition to such policies has increased across all four categories of surveillance from those seen in the 2011-2012 survey; b. students registered greater opposition to surveillance of their own personal email accounts (question #12); internet browser history (question #13); and social networking activity (question #14) than they did for surveillance, in general, of cell phone communications (question #18); financial accounts (question #19); internet use (question #17); and social networking sites (question #20).
3. Strongly agree that the U.S. war on terrorism has increased security (question #9), and decreased privacy (question #10).
4. Have increased their level of agreement with the realist proposition that in order to reduce global terrorism, nations should create a coordinated military campaign against terrorist groups (question #11) from results on this question in the 2011-2012 UWRF International Terrorism survey.
5. Have decreased support for policies that allow an x-ray scan that reveals a nude image of passenger's bodies at airports (question #15); or that allow intrusive hand searches of passengers bodies at airports (question #16) from results on those questions in the 2011-2012 UW-RF International Terrorism survey.