IS10: Information & Power

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Q1 Overall, how would you rate the quality of life for you and your family today?
ExcellentVery goodGoodPoor

Q2 During the past 12 months, about how many BOOKS did you read either all or part of the way through? Please include any print, electronic, or audiobooks you may have read or listened to.
Number of books: 01-56-1011-2021-3031-50

Q3 Thinking about all of the books you have read in the past 12 months, please indicate how many were:
a. Printed books: 01-56-1011-2021-3031-50
b. Audiobooks: 01-56-1011-2021-3031-50
c. Electronic books (e-books): 01-56-1011-2021-3031-50

Q4 Do you use the Internet, at least occasionally? YesNo

If you answered No to Q4, please skip to Q10.

Q5 Do you send or receive email, at least occasionally? YesNo

Q6 Did you happen to use the internet YESTERDAY? YesNo

If you answered No to Q6, skip to Q11.

Q7 Do you ever use the internet or email at HOME? YesNo

Q8 At home, do you connect to the Internet through a dial-up telephone line, or do you have some other type of connection, such as a DSL-enabled phone line, a cable TV modem, a wireless connection, a fiber optic connection such as FIOS or a T-1?
Dial-up telephone lineDSL-enabled phone lineCable modemWireless connection (either AirCard, “land-based” or “satellite”)Fiber optic connectionT-1 connectionOther broadband (incl.</strong> general responses like “broadband”, “high speed”)Broadband, more than one of the aboveNo home internet accessAccess internet via cell phone onlyNone of the above

Q9 Please check any of the following activities for which you ever use the Internet:Use an online search engine to help you find information on the webUse a social networking site like Facebook, LinkedIn or Google PlusLook for information on WikipediaUse Twitter

Q10 Please check any of the following activities for which you used the Internet YESTERDAY: Use an online search engine to help you find information on the webUse a social networking site like Facebook, LinkedIn or Google PlusLook for information on WikipediaUse Twitter

Q11a Please indicate which of the following devices you own:A cell phone.</strong>.</strong>.</strong>or a Blackberry or iPhone or other device that is also a cell phoneA handheld device made primarily for e-book reading, such as a Nook or Kindle e-readerA tablet computer like an iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Motorola Xoom, or Kindle Fire

Q11b Is your cell phone a smartphone? YesNoI don't own a cell phone

Q11c Which of the following best describes the type of cell phone you have?
iPhoneBlackberryAndroidWindows phonePalmOtherI don't own a cell phone

Q11d What BRAND of e-reader do you currently have? KindleNookSony ReaderBeBookKobo ReaderPandigitalOtherI don't own an e-reader

Q11e What BRAND of tablet computer do you have? iPadSamsung GalaxyMotorola XoomKindle FireBlackberry PlaybookHP TouchpadNook ColorOtherI don't own a tablet computer

Q12 Which of the following do you do using your cellphone?Use a service such as Foursquare or Gowalla to "check in" to certain locations or to share your location with your friendsGet directions or other information related to a location where you happen to beLook up information using a search engine such as Google or BingNone of these

Q13 How often, if ever, do you talk about politics or current events with your family and friends? Very oftenSometimesRarelyNever

Q14 On which social networking site or sites do you currently have an account? FacebookLinkedInMySpaceMy yearbookTwitterYouTubeTumblrFlickrGoogle PlusUStreamOther

Q15 About how often do you visit social networking sites? Several times a dayAbout once a day3 to 5 days a week1 to 2 days a weekEvery few weeksLess often

Q16 Do you ever set up your social networking accounts to automatically include your LOCATION on your posts?YesNo

Q17 Please rate the overall importance of social networking sites to you personally when it comes to each of the following:
Keeping up with political news Very importantSomewhat importantNot too importantNot at all important
Debating or discussing political issues with others Very importantSomewhat importantNot too importantNot at all important
Finding other people who share your views about important political issues Very importantSomewhat importantNot too importantNot at all important
Recruiting people to get involved with political issues that matter to you Very importantSomewhat importantNot too importantNot at all important

Q18 Thinking about everything YOU HAVE POSTED recently on social networking sites—such as status updates, comments, or links to news stories—about how much of what you have posted is related to politics, political issues, or the 2016 elections?
All or almost all of itMostSomeJust a littleNone at all

Q19 How about the people you are friends with on social networking sites? How much of what THEY SHARE AND POST is related to politics, political issues or the 2016 elections?
All or almost all of itMostSomeJust a littleNone at all

Q20 How often do you agree with the political opinions or political content your friends post on social networking sites? Would you say always or almost always, most of the time, only sometimes or never?
Always or almost alwaysMost of the timeOnly sometimesNever

Q21 When one of your friends posts something about POLITICS on a social networking site that you DISAGREE with, how do you USUALLY respond?
Ignore the post you disagree withRespond to it by posting a comment or posting something of your ownOther

Q22 Have you ever learned that someone’s political beliefs were DIFFERENT than you thought they were, based on something they posted on a social networking site?
YesNo

Q23 When you yourself have posted something political on a social networking site, have you ever gotten a strong NEGATIVE reaction from a friend or someone who follows you?
Yes, have gotten a strong negative reactionNo, has never happened

Q24 Please select the reason(s) for which you have you ever blocked, Unfriended, or hidden someone on a social networking site:
Posted TOO FREQUENTLY about politics or political issuesPosted something about politics or political issues that you DISAGREED with or found OFFENSIVEARGUED about political issues on the site with you or someone you knowDisagreed with something YOU posted about politics or political issuesPosted something related to politics or political issues that you worried would OFFEND your other friends or people who follow youI’ve never blocked, unfriended, nor hidden anyone

If you answered "I’ve never blocked, unfriended, nor hidden anyone" for Q24, skip to Q29.

Q25 Thinking about all the times you have blocked, hidden or unfriended someone on a social networking site BECAUSE OF POLITICS OR POLITICAL ISSUES... Were any of those people:
A member of your familyA close personal friendA coworkerA more distant friend or acquaintanceSomeone you have never met in personNone

Q26 Which of the following have you ever done on a social networking site?
Friended or followed someone because they SHARE YOUR POLITICAL VIEWSClicked the “like” button in response to POLITICAL comments or material posted by someone elsePosted a positive comment in response to a POLITICAL post or status update from someone else

Q27 Have you ever decided NOT to post a political comment or link on a social networking site because you were worried it might upset or offend someone? YesNo

Q28 Thinking about how using social networks might affect your political views overall.. Which of the following have you ever done:
Changed your views about a political issue AFTER discussing it or reading posts about it on a social networking siteBecome MORE active or involved in a political issue after discussing it or reading posts about it on a social networking siteBecome LESS active or involved in a political issue after discussing it or reading posts about it on a social networking site

Q29 How often do you use search engines to find information online?
Several times a dayAbout once a day3-5 days a week1-2 days a weekOnce every few weeksLess oftenNever

Q30 Which search engine do you use MOST OFTEN?
GoogleBingYahoo SearchAskAOLMyWebSearchLycosDogpileWebCrawlerOtherNone/Don’t use any regularly

Q31 In general, do you think Internet search engines are a fair and unbiased source of information, or do you think search engines are NOT a fair and unbiased source?
Yes, they are a fair and unbiased source of informationNo, they are NOT a fair and unbiased source of information

Q32 In general, how much of the information you find using search engines do you think is accurate or trustworthy? All or almost allMostSomeVery littleNone at all

Q33 When you use a search engine to look for information online, how often do you actually FIND the information you’re looking for?
AlwaysMost of the timeOnly some of the timeHardly ever

Q34 How CONFIDENT do you feel about your own searching abilities when using a search engine to find information online?
Very confidentSomewhat confidentNot too confidentNot confident at all

Q35 Thinking about recent searches you have done online using a search engine... Have you ever (Please select any/all that apply.):
Discovered that really critical or important information was missing from the search results you gotLearned something new or important using a search engine that really helped you or increased your knowledgeGotten so much information in a set of search results that you felt overwhelmedGotten conflicting or contradictory search results and could not figure out what information was correctFound a really obscure fact or piece of information using a search engine that you didn’t think you’d be able to find

Q36 Overall, in your experience, are search engine results getting MORE relevant and useful over time, LESS relevant and useful, or have you not seen any real difference over time? MORE relevant and usefulLESS relevant and usefulNo difference over time

Q37 Overall, in your experience, is the QUALITY of the information you get using search engines getting BETTER over time, WORSE over time, or have you not seen any real difference? Quality getting betterQuality getting worseNo difference in quality over time

Q38 If a search engine kept track of what you search for, and then used that information to personalize your future search results, how would you feel about that? Would you say...:
It’s a GOOD thing if a search engine collected information about your searches and then used it to rank your future search results, because it gives you results that are more relevant to youIt’s a BAD thing if a search engine collected information about your searches and then used it to rank your future search results, because it may limit the information you get online and what search results you see

Q39 If a search engine kept track of what you search for, and then used that information to personalize your future search results, how would you feel about that? Would you…:
Be OKAY with a search engine keeping track of your searches and using that information to personalize your future search results, even if it means they are gathering information about youNOT BE OKAY with a search engine keeping track of your searches and using that information to personalize your future search results because you feel it is an invasion of privacy

Q40 As you may know, businesses sometimes use TARGETED ADVERTISING to reach online consumers. Targeted advertising uses information about a person’s online behavior collected by websites and search engines to determine what advertisements that person will see online.
Have you, personally, ever noticed advertisements online that are directly related to things you have recently searched for or sites you have recently visited, or has this never happened to you?
Yes, I’ve noticed thisNo, this hasn’t happened to me

Q41 Which of the following statements comes closest to how you, personally, feel about TARGETED ADVERTISING being used online, even if neither is exactly right?
I’m OKAY with targeted advertising because it means I see advertisements and get information about things I’m really interested inI’m NOT OKAY with targeted advertising because I don’t like having my online behavior tracked and analyzed

Q42 Are you aware of any ways internet users like yourself can limit how much personal information websites collect about you, or are you not aware of any ways to do this?Yes, aware of ways to do thisNo, not aware of any ways to do this

Q43 Have you, personally, done any of the following to limit the information websites gather about you? Please select any/all that apply. Changed your browser settingsDeleted your web historyUsed the privacy settings of websites
Q44 What is your age?18-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950+
Q45 Are you currently married, living with a partner, divorced, separated, widowed, or have you never been married?MarriedLiving with a partnerDivorcedSeparatedWidowedNever been married

Q46 Are you the parent or guardian of any children under age 18 now living in your household?
YesNo

If you answered "No" to Q46, skip to Q50.

Q47 How many of these children are age 5 or younger?None12345More than 5

Q48 How many of these children are between ages 6 and 11?None12345More than 5

Q49 How many of these children are between ages 12 and 17?None12345More than 5

Q50 How many adults currently live in your household, INCLUDING YOURSELF? 12345More than 5

Q51 What is the last grade or class you completed in school? None, or grades 1-8High school incomplete (grades 9-11)High school graduate (grade 12 or GED certificate)Technical, trade or vocational school AFTER high schoolSome college, no 4-year degree (includes associate degree)College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other 4-year degree)Post-graduate training/professional school after college (toward a Masters/Ph.D., Law or Medical school)
Q52 Are you now employed full-time, part-time, retired, or are you not employed for pay? Employed full-timeEmployed part-timeRetiredNot employed for payHave own business/self-employedDisabledStudentOther
Q53 Are you, yourself, of Hispanic or Latino origin or descent, such as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or some other Latin American background?YesNo
Q54 What is your race? WhiteBlack or African-AmericanAsian or Pacific IslanderMixed raceNative American/American IndianOther
Q55 Were you born in the United States, on the island of Puerto Rico, or in another country? United StatesPuerto RicoAnother country
Q56 In politics TODAY, do you consider yourself a Republican, Democrat, or independent?RepublicanDemocratIndependentOther

If you answered "Republican" or "Democrat" to Q56, skip to Q58.
Q57 As of today do you lean more to the Republican Party or more to the Democratic Party?RepublicanDemocrat

Q58 In general, would you describe your political views as:Very conservativeConservativeModerateLiberalVery liberal

Q59 Last year—that is, in 2014—what was your total family income from all sources, before taxes? Less than $10,000$10,000 to under $20,000$20,000 to under $30,000$30,000 to under $40,000$40,000 to under $50,000$50,000 to under $75,000$75,000 to under $100,000$100,000 to under $150,000$150,000 or more

Q60 Does anyone else in your household have a working cell phone?
YesNo

Q61 Of all the telephone calls that you and other people in your household make, which of the following is true?
All or almost all calls are made on a cell phoneSome are made on a cell phone and some on a regular home phoneAll or almost all calls are made on a regular home phone

Q62 Is there at least one telephone INSIDE your home that is currently working and is not a cell phone?
Yes, home telephoneNo home telephone

Q63 Of all the telephone calls that you and other people in your household receive, which of the following is true?
All or almost all calls are received on a cell phoneSome are received on a cell phone and some on a regular home phoneAll or almost all calls are received on a regular home phone

Q64 How often do you post to Twitter?
Very oftenSometimesRarelyNever

If you answered "Never" to Q64, skip to Q75.

Q65 How often would you say your posts contain original content and/or ideas?
AlwaysMost of the timeOnly some of the timeHardly ever

Q66 How often do you retweet posts on Twitter?
AlwaysMost of the timeOnly some of the timeHardly ever

Q67 When you retweet poists on Twitter, do you follow the link contained in the original tweet?
AlwaysMost of the timeOnly some of the timeHardly ever

Q68 When you read a post in your Twitter feed, which of the following is the MOST IMPORTANT factor in your decision to retweet it?
Posted by someone I know personallyPosted by an organization or brand I trustPost contains an image I likePost concerns a timely topicI have a reciprocal tweeting relationship with the posterI agree with the opinion expressed in the tweetI want my followers to know I am up to date on the topicThe post is funnyThe post is interestingI agreed with the article to which the post is linkedOther reason

Q68b If you answered "Other reason" to Q67, please explain:

Q69 How often would you say you post a retweet without clicking on the link included in the original tweet?
AlwaysMost of the timeOnly some of the timeHardly ever

Q70 How often would you say you follow the links embedded in the posts on your Twitter feed?
AlwaysMost of the timeOnly some of the timeHardly ever

Q71 How often would you say you cite the original poster of an item you retweet?
AlwaysMost of the timeOnly some of the timeHardly ever

Q72 How often do you think others retweet your tweets?
AlwaysMost of the timeOnly some of the timeHardly ever

Q73 When people retweet your tweets, how often do you think they cite you by including your Twitter handle in their posts?
AlwaysMost of the timeOnly some of the timeHardly ever

Q74 About how much time do you spend on Twitter per day?
Less than an hourBetween one and three hoursBetween three and six hoursMore than six hours

Q75 What device do you use most for your social media activities?
SmartphoneTabletLaptop computerDesktop computerI don't participate in social media activities

   
COINTELPRO 101

This course is very interesting in that for 3.5 hours in the late night have not made me fall asleep once. The discussions were very well facilitated and ideas and anecdotes were thrown back and forth in the class with interesting pace. The presentations were well organized and theories were clearly presented with videos and slides. The things that I did not like were the reflections being due on Friday. I read the materials, but by the time I reached the class room, I forgot most of what I had already read over the weekend and Monday and Tuesday. Also, the timeline project is a great way to present ideas of information and power, but 10 events in 20 minutes is too much. If we wanted to go into detail, then 5 events for 20 minutes would have been more sufficient. 2 minutes for each event is not enough time to discuss the connections between information and power and not enough time for the audience to process all 10 events to thoroughly peer review. The reflections, essay and projects were great. Overall, great course.

IS10 Information & Power Fall 2016 Course Evaluation Comment

Ms. Ascher provoked intriguing conversations and made me open my mind and think more about the society around me.

IS10 Information & Power Fall 2016 Course Evaluation Comment

Awesome Instructor who is very knowledgeable and passionate about everything within the scope of this class. Very relevant to everyone. If anything maybe the description or name of the course could be something more appealing. Honestly wasn't sure what I was signing up for, but this is by far the best GE class I have taken at UCLA.

IS10 Information & Power Fall 2016 Course Evaluation Comment

I absolutely loved this course and my professor. (The written assignment and presentation have yet to have been graded, so I cannot attest to the fairness in grading. Although, there should be more clarity in the rubric/criteria for grading these large projects.) This is probably one of my favorite classes in my four years at UCLA. The topics brought up in class were ones that caused me to think deeply about the situation and increased my awareness.

IS10 Information & Power Fall 2016 Course Evaluation Comment

I have really enjoyed this class and learning from Professor Ascher.

IS10 Information & Power Fall 2016 Course Evaluation Comment

I really enjoyed this class. As an engineering major, I found the topics covered in class outside my comfort zone and learned a good amount in terms of how knowledge is acquired and distributed.

IS10 Information & Power Fall 2016 Course Evaluation Comment

Professor Ascher led a wonderful discussion during each class period.  Her insight was extremely insightful and I can honestly say I gained a lot from her class.

IS10 Information & Power Fall 2016 Course Evaluation Comment

I really enjoyed this course and Ms. Ascher's teaching methods. She navigated controversial issues very expertly explaining her views and reasoning while remaining open to dissenting opinions. It really felt like this course emphasized understanding over assignments which I found very refreshing. Criteria for assignments could have been more clear, but Ms. Ascher's grading style compensated for this a bit.

IS10 Information & Power Fall 2016 Course Evaluation Comment

Professor Ascher inspired new perspective on subjects related to technology, social issues, the internet, and many other facets of modern society. This class provided a setting for the discussion of events and topic as well as the basic role of information in society. A weakness of this class is likely the fact that some issues must be overlooked because of time constraints. Yet, a resounding positive is the inspiration of deep consideration of how information is shared and created at the individual and group level. I appreciate the experiences I had during discussions and the information I was exposed to in the relevant readings.

IS10 Information & Power Fall 2016 Course Evaluation Comment

The strenght of the course is going into important societal problems. The weakness is not stating that this is the primary purpose of the course. [sic]

IS10 Information & Power Fall 2016 Course Evaluation Comment

I first came into this course with an intent to just pass as a GE. I mean that's still the goal, however I learned a lot of valuable information about information itself. A lot of these I learned were shockingly relevant to my daily life and has kept me woke. I would take this course again if I could.

IS10 Information & Power Fall 2016 Course Evaluation Comment

I really enjoyed this class especially it made it think about the fields that I have never even thought of. I learned a lot especially how to think critically and such which will definitely help me a lot in the future.

IS10 Information & Power Fall 2016 Course Evaluation Comment

I really enjoyed this class. The things we learned were relevant to current events, and made me a more educated person on today's society (rather than just learning math equations or about some random event thousands of years ago).

IS10 Information & Power Fall 2016 Course Evaluation Comment

I want to thank you for the wonderful quarter.  I thoroughly enjoyed your class and am recommending it to all of my friends (I actually even brought a friend with me to the election class!). It was very clear that you love the field you're in, and that always makes for a pleasant time on the student's end. If I find myself needing an extra class before graduation, I will be sure to search your name first.

IS10 Information & Power Fall 2016 Email Comment

Thank you for a wonderful quarter! I'd like to think I'm a pretty smart student, and yet, the class was actually really challenging for me but I'm still glad I took it. It challenged me to think about a lot of subjects that I normally wouldn't have given much thought to. I think this is a really valuable course and I hope you have success teaching it in the future too!

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