Version 10 (modified by Hilary Goldstein, 10 years ago) (diff)


This is the draft survey to send to membership in advance of the member meeting in September. The first half of this message was from Mallory's message. My few additions start about halfway down. This is just a first and limited draft, but hopefully a starting off point for further brainstorming. I think if there are specific ideas about topics to discuss at the September meeting, it might be good to begin to introduce them here.

Email: Do you use the following:

  • Gmail or Google Mail
  • Yahoo Mail

Social Networking: Do you use Facebook?

Social Networking: If so, what are your reasons? (Check all that apply):

  • maintain personal relationships
  • maintain professional relationships
  • to store content like pictures, notes, book reviews
  • to share content such as pictures, notes, book reviewss

Online user accounts: How many user accounts do you have currently?

  • 0 - 5
  • 5 - 15
  • 15 - 50 More than 50 I don't know

Online user accounts: How would you rate your use of passwords on a scale from 0 - 5? A rating of 5 indicates very secure use, such as all passwords are unique, randomly generated, contain characters, numbers, and letters, and are not discoverable by anyone but you.

Computer sharing: Which of the following apply to your regular computer use:

  • I use public computers
  • I allow others to use my computer
  • I access the Internet with multiple computers

Storage: Do you use cloud services, or online storage, to store the following:

  • Personal files
  • Work files
  • I don't use cloud services
  • I don't know what cloud services are

Mobile phones: What online things do you do with your mobile phone?

Check email Use chat (not SMS) Login to Facebook Tweet Use/connect with public wifi connections

Concerns: What are your biggest security concerns when it comes to using the Internet?

Philosophy: Generally speaking, how do you ensure that your identity and online data are secure?

Hilary question additions: these obviously need some editing, up to date information, etc. some might be ok, some not appropriate. let me know what feels like it's going in the right direction, and what is off the mark. also, in the meeting last week, someone, perhaps Alfredo, suggested a good way to introduce the demographic information, but I couldn't remember how he had phrased the question.


How much does being a member of a progressive technology organization factor into your relationship with May First/People Link? (badly worded)


We view May First/People Link as a membership organization. To us this means a collaborative network made up of a diverse array of member organizations and individual allies that believe technology plays a critical role in movements for social change and the need for collective action to harness this power away from commercial interests.

  • Very Important
  • Sort of Important
  • Not very important
  • I'm only interested in web hosting services

Are you aware of the projects that May First/People Link are involved with in addition to server hosting?[br] (circle all that apply)

  • World Social Forum
  • US Social Forum
  • Hemispheric Consultas
  • Techie of Color Initiative
  • APC Council Membership
  • et. et. (fill in list)

What projects would you like to know more about? (circle all that apply)

  • World Social Forum
  • US Social Forum
  • Hemispheric Consultas
  • Techie of Color Initiative
  • APC Council Membership
  • et. et. (fill in list)

Do you read the monthly Lowdown's for details on May First People Link activities?

  • Every month
  • Most months
  • Sometimes
  • What's the Lowdown?

Are there ways that you would like to be more engaged? (circle all that apply)

  • Decision making power
  • More specific report backs or updates
  • Invitations to conferences and events
  • Calls to actions
  • Other: (please explain)

Are there projects or issues that you feel May First/People Link should be more actively engaged in? (Please list) Are there other specific services that you would like May First/People Link to offer? Text entry... or list - Are there specific options that would be appropriate here? - I wouldn't want to offer options that you are not equipped to or interested in providing...

MEETING QUESTIONS: I'm not sure how to draft these questions - they are specific to the membership meeting - so that will depend on the agenda, etc.

OPEN SOURCE QUESTIONS: (on more thought, I don't this this survey should be used to educate about the questions regarding open source software. i think this would be a place to gather information to see where people are - do they use open source, are they open to open source, are they still dependent on proprietary software, etc., and then use that information to more effectively communicate about the issue in the Lowdown and at the Member meeting. Just my $.02 - HG)

How much is a commitment to free and open source software part of your own organization's operating principles?

  • Full dedication to open source software
  • Open source as much as possible but some proprietary software is necessary
  • We largely use proprietary software.

Please list proprietary programs you use: for example MS Office, Facebook, Final Cut Pro, etc.

Would you be interested or willing to shift to more open source software if suitable alternatives exist?

  • Yes
  • Maybe
  • No

If you entered maybe or no please explain. What programs are you especially tied to?