The developing cyber-infrastructure has provided new tools, methods, and opportunities to conduct research. However, the Snowden leaks and subsequent developments proved that the same infrastructure has made all-encompassing surveillance possible – posing new challenges for researchers when engaging with those they are obligated to protect. As the cyber-infrastructure simultaneously opens up new possibility-spaces for circumventing structures of surveillance, while drawing on the authors’ own experiences, this article presents a number of tools and suggestions that will aid the researcher to engage more responsibly and safely with the research subject digitally.
Surveillance, Source Protection, Data Protection, Digital Fieldwork, Encryption, Field Methodology
This work was supported by the Aspen Institute under the Stevens Initiative.
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Anderson, J. C., Skare, E., & Dorroll, C. (2018). Nothing to Hide, Nothing to Fear? Tools and Suggestions for Digital Data Protection. The Qualitative Report, 23(5), 1223-1236. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2018.3328
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