أنا أرفض المشاركة في مشاريع ممولة من الحكومة الأمريكية

وصلتني الرسالة التالية مرسلة من موقع شركتي

Hello Eghna,

I am a Researcher at the University of Washington, USA. We are conducting a research study on Twitter and different Social Media portals. I would like to conduct and interview with social media analyst at your company. Would that be possible? I really appreciate your response.

Thanks,

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Submitted form IP 24.18.254.15 on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 23:42

عندما وصلتني الرسالة كنت أستعد للسفر ولم أدقق جيدا في شخصية المرسل، ولذلك أجبت باقتضاب

Ok.

Please send us your agreement/contract and privacy policy first.

Al-Ayham Saleh

يوم سفري وصلني جواب منها يقول أنها تنوي زيارة البحرين ولقائي هنا:

Dear Al-Ayham Saleh,

Thank you for your replay! As I mentioned to you I am a researcher at the University of Washington, USA,  and I am investigating the use of bots and automated scripts over social media.

The title of this study is “Computational Propaganda and The Production/Detection of Bots”.  You are invited to be in a research project that explores the making and detection of bots. You were selected as a possible participant because you have some expertise in either creating bots or tracking bots online. We hope to actively interview you on these subjects. Interviewing will possibly occur with real-time computer and code referencing, this is the considered the “observation” element of this study.  Since you don't live in Seattle, WA, I'd like to schedule sometime over Skype or Google Hangout.

I will also be visiting Bahrain in the last 2 weeks of December and can schedule a face-to-face interview. Please let me know which one you prefer.

I hope you volunteer to take part in this study. Please contact me if you're interested in participating in the study or would like to hear more. If you don't contact me, I'll follow up with you once and then assume that not hearing from you means you are not interested in participating.

Please note that communication sent via e-mail cannot be guaranteed confidential.

Please find attached an information statement with additional information on the interview procedure.

Best,

Norah Abokhodair

وأرفقت برسالتها ملفا بعنوان Computational Propaganda - Howard PI - information Statement يحوي معلومات إجرائية عن البحث الذي تجريه. 

بعد يومين وصلتني الرسالة التالية من شخص يبدو أنه المشرف عليها

Dear Mr. Saleh:  thank you very much for being available to meet with my colleague Ms. Abokhodair.  Your services have such a reputation and I expect you will have important advice for our research endeavors,

Sincerely,

Dr. Philip N. Howard

Professor, University of Washington

Professor, Central European University

وفي يوم عودتي وصلتني رسالة تذكير منها أيضا

Dear Mr. Saleh,

I am writing to you to ask you if you are still able to participate in our study. The previous email I shared contained information on anonymity and confidentiality. If you had any questions please don't hesitate to ask me.

Thank you!

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Norah Abokhodair

Ph.D. Candidate, Information Science

The Information School, University of Washington.

4311 11th Ave NE, Suite 400 Box 354985, Seattle, WA, 98195

اليوم وجدت بعض الوقت للتدقيق في شخصية المرسلة ونشاطها، وإليكم بعض الاقتباسات من كتاباتها:

هذه السيدة حصلت على منحة فولبرايت، الممولة من الحكومة الأمريكية:

 I came to the University of Washington in 2009 from Saudi Arabia as a Fulbright Scholar after receiving the Fulbright Science Award. I hold a Masters degree in Information Management from the University of Washington Information School and a Computer Science Degree from King Saudi University. 

وفي مشروع الدكتوراه تجري دراسات على الشباب السعوديين المتنقلين بين أمريكا والسعودية:

Currently, my Ph.D dissertation focuses on understanding privacy concerns and conceptions of non-western  users of mobile applications. Specifically,  I am focusing on transmigrant Saudi Arabian youth living between Saudi Arabia and the USA.

وإضافة لذلك، تعمل على مشروع جانبي ممول مباشرة من وكالة فدرالية تابعة مباشرة للحكومة الأمريكية

As a side project, I study the phenomenon of Social Botnets on social media and investigate their implications on the social graph. This project recently received an Eager grant from the National Science Foundation and it is with a group of collaborators from the Communication department and the Human Centered Design Department at the University of Washington.  

وتقول أنها بدأت مشاريعها بالعمل لدى وكالة الأمن القومي الأمريكية NSA

National Security Agency, Web Browser Protection Profile Project

Sep 2010 – March 2011

Analyzed web browser architecture and compiled a list of common threats and attack methods.

Authored a whitepaper detailing how browsers handle security, analysis of capabilities, and key differences between browsers.

باختصار، هذه سيدة سعودية تدرس في أمريكا بتمويل من الحكومة الأمريكية، بدأت عملها مع وكالة الأمن القومي الأمريكية، وتريد مني أن أشارك في بحث حصل على تمويل  إضافي من الحكومة الأمريكية أيضا، وتريد أن تقابلني شخصيا في البحرين.

جوابي لها كان مختصرا:

Dear Ms. Abokhodair

I refuse to participate in your research.

Al-Ayham Saleh.

بعدها أرسلت لي بضعة رسائل بالانكليزية والعربية، وأنا أتجاهلها وأصر على رفضي الاشتراك في أي مشروع تموله الحكومة الأمريكية.