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Social Media and Human Rights


Dear human rights defender,

This survey is part of my research project on social media and human rights at the University of Cambridge’s Department of Sociology.  The overall aim of the project is to understand how social media is affecting the potential to hold governments to account on human rights violations. 

I am inviting you to participate in this survey because I am interested in understanding more about your use of social media in your human rights work.  The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete and has 25 questions, most of them multiple choice.

Near the end of the survey, I also ask you if you would be willing for me to interview you, whenever suits you.  I would be really interested in hearing more about the challenges and opportunities you have encountered in using social media in your work.  I am also more than happy to share the results of this survey and the research in general should you be interested.

The results of this survey may be included in publications as well as may be fed back to participants and/or their organizations.  Any published work will be available at this website,  You will have the option to select that your name and the name of your organization be confidential should you so wish.

To start the survey, please click here.

Thank you very much for your participation.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or ideas about the project. 

Ella McPherson

About this website

This is the website for Ella McPherson's work related to her 2014-17 ESRC-funded research project, Social Media, Human Rights NGOs, and the Potential for Governmental Accountability.