The first step of participating in our study is to add EScope to your browser (Stage 1).
We have developed a simple browser extension called EScope (Election Scope) to collect data from volunteers on political campaign ads they are exposed to in the course of their normal web browsing. It is simple to install and uninstall with NO impact on your everyday web use.
We respect participant’s privacy concerns.
EScope does NOT collect any transaction data (e.g., bank, credit, online shopping, etc.), encrypted data requiring user credentials, or individual’s user credentials themselves.
Want to try EScope?
(See detailed installation instructions below for both browsers)
Continue to use EScope until Election Day
Keep EScope until the Election Day, November 8, 2016.
Step 1. Follow this link to the Chrome Web Store.
Step 2. Click blue “Add to Chrome” button.
Step 3. When prompted, click “Add Extension” to complete the installation. You may close the Chrome Web Store tab when this step is completed. Note: More information about how we protect your privacy is available on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Step 4. Success! You’ve installed the EScope extension. You will now be asked to complete a brief survey about matters of political interest.
These survey responses help the Project DATA team better understand in what systematic ways the political campaign ads delivered to your computer differ from the ads shown to others.
Step 5. Please make sure to uninstall ad-blocking software you may have installed. Unfortunately, such add-ons are incompatible with EScope. For instructions on how to disable ad-blocking software, click here.
Step 1. Make sure you are using the Firefox Browser. Follow this link to download Escope.
Step 2. Click the blue “Download” button.
Step 3. You do not need a Dropbox account, so just click “No thanks, continue to download”. If you have an account you can of course sign in.
Step 4. On the pop-up window choose “Save File” and “OK”
Step 5. The download should take less than a second – you will see the download arrow in your toolbar turn blue.
Click on the blue arrow. Then click on the folder icon – “Open Containing Folder” which will open up the folder where EScope has been downloaded.
Step 6. Click on the Firefox menu icon in the top right of the browser – when the menu appears, click on Add-ons
Step 7. A new tab will open “Add-ons manager”. Click on the Cog icon at the top and choose “Install Add-on From File…”
Use your file manager window to navigate to the folder where you downloaded the Escope extension. This is usually your main “Downloads” folder. Then double click on the Escope file – it is named “escope-1.8.4-fx.xpi”
Step 8. A pop-up window should appear in the top-left of the browser. Click on Install and you will get a message saying it has been successfully installed. The Escope icon will appear in your browser bar.
Step 9. A new tab will open with a pop-up asking you to take a short survey. Click on the link to take the survey. These survey responses, help the Project DATA team better understand in what systematic ways the political campaign ads delivered to your computer differ from the ads shown to others.
Step 10. Please make sure to uninstall ad-blocking software you may have installed. Unfortunately, such add-ons are incompatible with EScope. For instructions on how to disable ad-blocking software, click here.