By Kayemba Mvula and Edward Sloan
As a research organization specializing in data collection in complex and challenging environments, Forcier and its staff in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) watched with fascination as the electoral and vote-counting process unfolded in the country over the last several weeks.
After a two-year delay, presidential and legislative elections were held on December 30th, 2018, representing an opportunity for the country to witness its first peaceful and democratic transfer of power since independence from Belgium in 1960. Incumbent Joseph Kabila, barred from running for a third term, backed his former Defense Minister, Emmanuel Shadary, who was opposed by two candidates from the opposition, Félix Tshisekedi and Martin Fayulu.
As we mentioned last December in our analysis of recent data breaches, the enforcement of GDPR is gearing up quickly. This past week, the French CNIL set a new fine record for the highest fine when they slapped Google with a €50 million fine.
Now the dust is settling somewhat after the recent surprising vote in UK parliament, it is as yet still unclear what will happen next with regards to Brexit. One thing is sure though – the deal that was reached in November is off the table in its current form. The first comments from the EU indicate that the European leaders are open for negotiations; however, it is highly unlikely that there will be major changes to the deal that is currently on the table. And given the current political chaos in Westminster, it is no longer unlikely there will be no deal at all.
“I am delighted to be chairing this session on The Future of Conversation at the Fusion Conference! We humans adapt readily to advances in technology, and as a result the digital revolution has caused a huge change in the way we communicate. Sarah is raising a big question that affects all of us involved in qualitative research, and the AQR is delighted to be collaborating with ESOMAR in exploring what best practice looks like in this new context.” -AQR Chair Lyn McGregor
There’s no doubt that the way we communicate has rapidly changed, with over half of the global population now having access to the internet and 42% using social media. We are increasingly using digital platforms to talk, share ideas and express our feelings. But what does this means for qualitative researchers?
In this three part series I will tell you: 1. the implications of an increase of the written word in digital communications; 2. how we can interpret and understand visual communication; 3. how we can best leverage all this user generated data.