4. Online Activitywebsites, blogs, email lists & social media
Interviews -Semi-Structured-• First Stage:Pilot Interviews- September 2012: 8 Irish, Scottish and English Activists• Second Stage:Large Scale Interviews-October 2012-Feb.2013
Questions Focus- Offline Activism Element- Online Activism Involvement- Nature of Online Content- Relation Among Cyber Activists- Expressing Self-Identity and Collective Identity Online
Online Surveys• Participants:Targeting university groups and activists who are much more active online.• Selection of participants will be based on:- Internet Activity- Gender- Ethnic Background- Level of University Education* Using SurveyMonkey
Survey Questions• Constancy of Online Activism• Time & Effort Contributed to the Cause Online• Type of Online Content Posted:- Organising offline/on ground activities?- Exchange of Information?
Online Content Analysis• Analysing content of:- Groups Official Websites- Content of Newsletter/Press Releases- Social Media network Groups- Activists Blogs
Online Content Analysis• Selected Content posted in 2011, 2012 and 2013• Considering:- Major Political Events- Level of Online and Offline Activities
Analysing Text, Image and Video• Terms Used• Source of Contents: Original, Shared or Copied from Other Sources• Does it express all members’ position(s)?• Comments/replies:- Positive- Negative- Neutral
Nvivo• For organising qualitative data collected from interviews (text & audio content) online, and questionnaires• Nvivo 10 would analyse social media and webpages content
Visualising Data• Mapping Major Groups in Ireland and Britain• Online Connectivity Among Transnational Activist• Online Relation Among Activists in Social Media Networks• Groups/Activists Level of Online Involvement
NodeXL* Examining information exchange among activists who aretwittering /tweeting trending topics on Twitter*Example of connection among users tweeting the phrase welcome2palestine
Gephi to visualise ties among FB group members using Netvizz applicationExample of Connectivity among Westminster University-Palestine solidaritygroup members on Facebook
Expected Outcomes• Emergence of Cyber Groups Collective Identity• Effect of Online Involvement on Offline/Ground Activism• What Decides the Strength of Ties Among Online Activists: Topic, Geography, Political Position, Level of Participation?
In short RQs Bonds, Identity & DiscourseData Interviews, Online Surveys & Online Content Analysis Focus Groups Offline and Online Activity & GeographySoftware Nvivo, SurveyMonkey, Gephi, Netvizz & NodeXl Results 2014/2015