Textual Analysis of Policy Activism in Piracy Communities

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Isadora Borges Monroy
Department of Political Science
McGill University
Supervised by Dietlind Stolle
Grant received in 2015-2016

The research seeks to understand why individuals within piracy communities take up political participation, and under which technological conditions. Part of the grant is used to set up a secure environment to study online communities, as well as for participatory-observation purposes (in order to replicate what individuals probably go through) which has meant setting up a work computer with access to anonymizing software. A research paper on one aspect of these communities has been produced and will be presented to a research group in the Fall, in preparation for publication. Data from a piracy news website was gathered and analyzed in order to explore the role of virtual private networks in politicizing piracy communities.


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