We live in a society where information is ubiquitous, information is all around us. The
Internet and related information and communication technologies are being integrated
into everyday life and work in a growing number of nations. Roughly a third of the
world's population has access to the Internet, with more than 80 percent of the global
online population participating on one or more social networking sites. Mobile phones
subscriptions worldwide, which are increasingly converging around Internet
infrastructures and services, have almost reached the six billion mark. The
consequences of these trends include growth in electronic commerce, which is rising at
double-digit rates internationally, and changes in patterns of information consumption
and creation. As a result of this, Internet stakeholders ranging from governments to civil
organisations, to businesses and industries have become increasingly concerned about
issues of online privacy, trust, security, and freedom on a more global scale.
You have been appointed as a researcher to quantitatively identify patterns and trends
in individual attitudes amongst GSM students and behaviours related to online trust,
privacy, security and freedom.
Your task is to conduct a survey among GSM students and submit a report which could
be presented at a research seminar.
In order to complete your report, you need to:
• Create a questionnaire using Google Forms or similar word processing software to
collect your data. However, a questionnaire is only as good as the questions it asks.
You are allowed to use a combination of open ended, closed ended and probing
questions. Whatever the technique you use, your questionnaire should be precise,
unambiguous, short and must focus on variables, i.e. attitude, belief, behavior and
• Collect at least 30 completed questionnaires from GSM students.
• Present your results using appropriate charts and tabulations with SPSS, Excel or
similar spreadsheet software and explain your statistics in a Microsoft Word or similar
word processing software report form.