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Planet Project™ Continues!
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Pollsters Adopt Local Customs to Let
Millions Worldwide Instantly Share and Compare
Opinions in the Planet Project™ Poll
Note from Planet Project:
Dear Planet Project participant,
Planet Project has made history by becoming the largest poll ever conducted via the Internet. People from over 231 countries took the poll in eight languages and the Planet Project has received tremendous worldwide media attention.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. Oct. 30, 2000 – Thousands of Planet Pollsters are departing for the far-flung reaches of the earth to conduct the world’s largest interactive Internet-based poll, called the Planet Project™ (www.planetproject.com). Rick Smolan, director of the Planet Project poll and creator of the Day in the Life photography series, today announced many of the remote locations and the organizations that are providing volunteer Planet Pollsters.
The Planet Project poll, which will take place November 15 to 18, will include not only the opinions of people connected to the Internet but also the responses of people without Internet access - from Inuits living north of the Arctic Circle to Huli Wigmen in Papua New Guinea. Millions of people are expected to participate in the poll, with topics including religion, sex, crime, health, dreams and education.
The Planet Pollsters, equipped with laptops, handheld computing devices, acoustic modems, wireless modems and portable transmitters will be conducting the poll in more than 115 countries. From homeless shelters in Los Angeles to Rwandan refugee camps, the Planet Project poll is being conducted in person by these pollsters in an effort to bridge the “digital divide.”
“This is the most ambitious effort ever undertaken to allow people around the world to share their hopes, beliefs and concerns with one another, offering us a glimpse of what it’s like to be a human being at the beginning of the new century,” Smolan said. “Making this enormous undertaking possible required nearly two years of technical planning and cross-cultural collaboration.”
Polling from Pole to Pole
“Those of us living in Antarctica are extremely isolated. The Planet Project poll gives us an opportunity to feel connected to the world on issues that affect our lives,” explained Valerie Carroll from McMurdo Station.
At the other end of the earth, Inuits living in the community of Inuvik, north of the Arctic Circle, will send their answers over the Internet to the Planet Project’s Mission Control Center in Santa Clara, Calif.War Refugees to Participate
"The Planet Project will also shed light on what is on the minds of those who face war and conflict in their daily lives," Smolan said. Farah Shafi Kamal, a pollster from the International Education and Resources Network (I*EARN) organization will poll Afghani refugees in Pakistan. Andrew Greene, a student coordinator from I*EARN, will poll refugees and civil servants displaced by civil war in Sierra Leone. I*EARN is a non-profit educational telecommunications network serving educators and students, and is one of the many organizations supplying pollsters for the project.
Elizabeth Biblekaj from the non-profit organization Women for Women will poll displaced Albanians living in Prishtina, Kosovo. Volunteers from Afrique Enjeux, an organization working for sustainable economic and social development in Africa, will be polling Rwandan refugees displaced during the war.
Nepalese Participate Using Solar-Powered Lab
Pollsters Adopt Local Dress and Customs
Vera Lentz, who is polling Yagua Indians living on the Rio Momon in Peru, was requested by the Yagua Indians to wear native dress to make them feel comfortable answering the poll. To gather their responses on health, she also had to explain the concept of “stress” since the Yagua Indians have no such word with similar meaning in their vocabulary.
Roger Garwood, a freelance photographer polling aborigines, drove 500 miles into Australia’s Great Victorian Desert to reach the community of Ninga Miya. Garwood used a globe to help illustrate the scope and scale of this global project to the aborigines.
Other polling locations include:
The Planet Project poll will give people around the world their first opportunity to share views and opinions and then instantly compare their responses with people of other nations, ages and sex. Many employees from 3Com Corporation are also serving as Planet Pollsters. 3Com originally conceived of the global poll and has underwritten the project with support from many other leading technology companies including: Harris Interactive, Sun Microsystems, Akamai Technologies, Inc., Oracle Corporation, BEA, Mercury Interactive, Macromedia, Eucid, AT&T, LightPoint and Euphorion.
The poll will use technologies never combined before. The results will be analyzed by Harris Interactive, a leading global research company selected for its expertise in research methodology, techniques and analysis.
As part of the Planet Project poll, 3Com is also committing $1 million in 3Com Learning Solutions to connect students in schools around the world. One aspect of the project is to cast light on and make a contribution to solving the issue of the “digital divide” which, in some cases, is influenced by geography and in others by socioeconomic factors.
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