We in the digitrust project wrote a debate article in the Swedish national newspaper Svenska Dagbladet 19 April, about trust and surveillance. Debate article is based on the survey we conducted in January 2014 on a sample of 1100 Swedes, were we measured peoples attitudes towards governmental data retention and information gathering on online behaviour as well as a number of other questions regarding trust in a digital context:
How, then, does the average citizen feel about the state’s and the authorities’ gathering of information in this digital society? How much trust and confidence do we have in authorities, both Swedish and foreign, managing such information in an acceptable and appropriate manner? These questions have been central for us as a multidisciplinary research group at Lund University. Under the collective title Digitrust, we have met up for over one and a half years to study and analyze digital trust.
Download an English translation of the article here [pdf]: Surveillance and trust
Digitrust is a multidisciplinary research project funded by the Pufendorf Institute at Lund University which consists of 10 researchers from 5 faculties. Digitrust is headed by Per Runeson, professor in software engineering, and Stefan Larsson, PhD in sociology of law and head of Lund University Internet Institute (LUii).