[This is a post from the Cybernorms.net blog, which is the English equivalent to Cybernormer.se. You can follow this link to read this post at its original URL.]
Welcome to Cybernorms.net, the blog of the Cybernorms Research Group. We are a group of researchers mainly based at the Department of Sociology of Law at Lund University, Sweden, affiliated with the Lund University Internet Institute.
During three days in April last year the Cybernorms Research Group conducted a big survey study called The Research Bay in cooperation with the file-sharing site The Pirate Bay. The aim was to explore the demographics of the file-sharing community on site, using the huge user base of The Pirate Bay to grasp what the file-sharing phenomenon (and debate) is all about. The response was tremendous. During the three days we got over 75.000 answers from all parts of the world, which gave us a great insight and an even greater collection of data regarding issues like file-sharing, anonymization, leech/seed ratio and much more.
Now we are doing it again. Three days from today, meaning from Wednesday to Friday this week, we once again are on the front of The Pirate Bay. The survey is very similar to the one we used last year, with minor changes and additions. This to make the data as comparable as possible.
Our survey is not the first study that deals with file-sharing. Within the Cybernorms Research Group we have several others that we use to compare and even deeper understand the issues that interest us. Other researchers have done similar work in other contexts. Still, we think that it is most vital to explore the field from within. This is why we have chosen to partner up with a site like The Pirate Bay.
If you want to read more about the Cybernorms Research Group and the researchers connected to it, please do. We also have a blog with posts in Swedish. If you want to read more about our first TPB survey, check the links in this post.
If you have any questions, regarding this study, our precious work or the Cybernorms Research Group in general – do not hesitate to contact us.