WhatsApp research project

Project title: How do users share information on WhatsApp in Malaysia and Singapore

By Dr Niki Cheong, Lecturer in Digital Culture and Society, King’s College London (Profile here)

Hello and thank you for your interest in my research project looking into online information circulating on WhatsApp in Malaysia and Singapore. My name is Niki and I’m a lecturer at King’s College London, which is funding this project.

Currently, I am in Southeast Asia to conduct focus groups with participants aged 27 and above in both countries to find out more about what kinds of information they encounter and share on Whatsapp, and what else they use the chat app for.

Each focus group consisting of between 4-6 participants will take about 1.5 hours. I would be very keen to include you in my study if you are:

  • Based in either Singapore or Kuala Lumpur/Selangor
  • An English speaker
  • Aged between 27 and 78 years old, and can make it for the dedicated focus groups at the times and locations listed below.

IN SINGAPORE at International Involvement Hub (60A Orchard Road, Level 4M, Tower 1 The Atrium@Orchard) – MAP

61 years old (and above): May 6 (Monday) at 3pm-4.30pm

44-60 years old: May 9 (Thursday) at 3.30pm-5pm

27-43 years old: May 9 (Thursday) at 6.30pm-8pm

IN MALAYSIA at Biomechanics Lab, Universiti Malaysia (LG Floor, UM Arena, Universiti Malaya) – MAP

61 years old and above: May 16 (Thursday) at 10-11.30am

44-60 years old: May 18 (Saturday) at 10.30am-12pm

27-43 years old: May 18 (Saturday) at 1pm-2.30pm

For more information about the project, please read this Participant Information Sheet. Before the focus group begins, you will be asked to sign a consent form agreeing to participate in the project. Following the focus group, all data collected (recordings) will be anonymised at transcription stage. Research data will be processed based on UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). For your time and travel, a voucher will be offered to you following the end of the focus group discussion.

If you’re happy to participate, please leave either your email address or Whatsapp number in the form below. If you have further inquiries, you can contact me via email (niki.cheong @ kcl.ac.uk).

Many thanks and hope to have you participate in my project!

– Niki –