This study aims to map Swedish students’ attitudes towards Snowden’s revelations and their effects in the political and socio-cultural environment of Sweden.
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.
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.
This study could be used as a design of education for university students, especially in information technology programmes.
The study can be used for developing and applying policies on privacy, surveillance and whistle-blowing.
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.
This study was supported by the MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan) Programme for Strategic Research Bases at Private Universities (2012-2016) project “Organisational Information Ethics” S1291006 and the JSPS Grant-in-Aids for Scientific Research (B) 24330127 and (B) 25285124. Meiji University’s Yasunori Fukuta provides additional statistical analysis of responses.
Kavathatzopoulos, I., Asai, R., Adams, A.A. and Murata, K. (2017), "Snowden’s revelations and the attitudes of students at Swedish universities", Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, Vol. 15 No. 3, pp. 247-264. https://doi.org/10.1108/JICES-02-2017-0009Download as .RIS
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