Welcome to the survey for the Examining the dynamics that lead to polarisation project.

Ethics Approval Number: A191285

Research Team Contact Details
The research team consists of Chief Investigator Dr Renee Barnes (University of the Sunshine Coast) Please direct questions to:
Email:  renee.barnes@usc.edu.au
Telephone: +61 (07) 5430 2160
Project Description
The purpose of this research project is to identify and inform strategies that mitigate against online antagonism and create spaces for online discussion that enable productive deliberation.

If you agree to participate in this research project, you will be asked to complete an online survey. The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes. The survey will ask questions such as:

- your level of consumption of news online;
- your views on politics; and
- your commenting behaviours

This survey can be completed anonymously or, at the end of the survey, you may opt to leave your username so that the researchers can analyse your survey responses and your online comments. There is also an option to leave an email address if you would be willing to be interviewed for the project. This is completely voluntary.

Your participation is voluntary. If you decide to participate, but change your mind during the survey you may exit the survey, however any questions answered will be saved. Please note that once the survey is complete, or you leave the survey, the research team will be unable to remove responses that are anonymous.

Consent to participate will be confirmed before progressing to the survey. For those completing the survey anonymously, consent is for your data and information to be collected, stored, and used in analysis and publications in a non-identifiable format. For those who opt to allow the researcher to analyse their online comments against their survey responses, survey data and online comments will be collected in an identifiable format, stored in a non-identifiable format upon project completion and presented in publications and other works in a non-identifiable format. Direct quotes may be used but will not be attributed to you.

There are minimal risks associated with your participation in this research project.  These include uncomfortable or distressing feelings related to the survey content or feeling your views on commenting could harm or influence others’ perceptions of you.

Only the researcher involved in the project can identify you. All data that is published will be non-identifiable.

Privacy, Confidentiality and Results
Any data collected as a part of this research project will be stored securely as per USC’s Research Data Management policy. All comments and responses will be treated confidentially unless required by law.

The results of this research project may be presented at external or internal conferences or meetings, or by publication. If you would like a summary of findings of this research project, please contact the Chief Investigator.

Concerns or Complaints
If you have any concerns or complaints about the way this research project is being conducted you can raise them with the Chief Investigator (listed above).  If you prefer an independent person, contact the Chairperson of the USC Human Research Ethics Committee: (c/- Office of Research, University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore DC 4558; telephone (07) 5430 2823; email humanethics@usc.edu.au).

Thank you for consideration of this study.

Question Title

* 1. I have read and understood the above project information. I consent to participate and for my anonymous data and information to be used for this project only.