Pedro I. López
Published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/). Content heavily based on the survey used for the paper "Toth, D., Mayer, R., Nichols, W (2011). Increasing Participation in Volunteer Computing. Parallel and Distributed Processing Workshops and Phd Forum (IPDPSW), 2011 IEEE International Symposium on, ISBN 9781612844251, ISSN 1530-2075."
CONSENT TO PARTICIPATE IN RESEARCH PROJECT ENTITLED: Computer Usage in Society
You are invited to take part in a research study examining how computers are used in our society. By conducting this study, we hope to gain a better understanding how people might use their computers in new or different kinds of ways in the future.
Procedures: If you choose to participate in the study, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire. Although our focus here is on computer usage, you do not have to actually use your own personal computer to participate. No particular specialized knowledge of computers is required to participate, and in fact, we are interested in the attitudes of people with a range of experiences in using computers. The study is done completely on-line and should take you about 10 minutes to complete.
Benefits: This study may be of no direct benefit to you, but it is crucial for increasing our knowledge about how computers function in society. Completing the survey and reflecting on your attitudes towards computers and society may increase you knowledge and expose you to some new ideas about technology.
Potential Risks: There are no inherent physical or psychological risks in the procedures themselves beyond those encountered in the normal course of everyday life. If you experience any distress or discomfort in the course of participating in this research you are free to discontinue completing the survey at any time without penalty.
Confidentiality: The information from the surveys will be used for research purposes only. Your responses are anonymous. You will not identify yourself in the survey. In the event of publication of this research, no personally identifying information will be disclosed.
Freedom of Choice to Participate: You are (1) free to decide whether or not to participate, (2) free to withdraw from the study at any time without penalty, and also (3) free to decline to answer any specific questions in this survey without penalty.