DigiVox – The Swiss Survey Panel on Digitalization Questions
The impact of digitalization on politics, the media environment, and democratic processes in Switzerland is potentially far reaching, yet remain poorly understood. Media usage has moved online, political debates are being shaped by online campaigns, and the perception of the importance of data protection has shifted massively, changing people’s attitudes about what services the government or private service providers should offer as evidenced by the recent eID referendum.
Studying these kinds of questions requires systematically analyzing population attitudes and behaviors through surveys that specifically track attitudes and behaviors related to digitalization and its consequences. DigiVox is a national survey panel specifically dedicated to the study of the social, economic, cultural, political and policy implications of digital media and their interplay with technological developments in Switzerland. The project is supported by infrastructure funding of the Digitalisierungsinitiative der Zürcher Hochschulen (DIZH), the UZH Digital Society Initiative (DSI), and the University of Zurich. In addition to a recurring set of questions that we ask on each survey, through a competitive process, scholars have the opportunity to buy space on the instrument to ask their own questions.
Abraham Bernstein is a Full Professor of Informatics at the University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland as well as a founding Director of the University of Zurich’s Digital Society Initiative (DSI) — a university-wide initiative with more than 180 faculty members investigating all aspects of the interplay between society and the digitalization. His current research focuses on various aspects of the semantic web, recommender systems, data mining/machine learning, crowd computing, and collective intelligence.
Eszter Hargittai is Professor and holds the Chair in Internet Use and Society in the Communication and Media Research Department of the University of Zurich. She has edited three volumes on the behind-the-scenes realities of conducting empirical social science research and teaches classes on this topic. She is a member of the FORS Scientific Advisory Board. She publishes on people’s digital media uses with a particular focus on how differences in Internet skills relate to what people do online.
Lucas Leemann is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Zürich and member of the DigDemLab. He works on questions of political representation and on how to measure citizen preferences in surveys. A large part of his methodological work addresses ways to employ statistical models that allow to overcome non-response and other forms of biases.
Karsten Donnay is Assistant Professor of Political Behavior and Digital Media in the Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich and a DSI Professor. In his work, he uses large-scale surveys and survey experiments paired with observational data from digital media platforms to shed light on the exact mechanisms by which individuals interact, obtain information, are influenced by or influence others online.