May 24, 2022

New Report: “The Internet Trust Bubble: Global Values, Beliefs and Practices”

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From a Summary Blog Post by the Oxford Internet Institute:

Nearly all users surveyed opposed the idea of government monitoring of the internet. Yet the researchers, led by the Oxford Internet Institute, found a ‘surprisingly large’ proportion of users worldwide (63%) were ‘resigned’ to thinking that government monitoring went on, but a larger proportion of users in nations of the New Internet World perceived higher levels of government control of the internet than users in countries that were early adopters of the internet.

The surveys were carried out in 2012 before the disclosures of Edward Snowden and his claims about US and other governmental surveillance initiatives.


…the report also highlights their concerns over privacy, surveillance and security and their reluctance to exercise their freedom of expression. A large proportion said they believed they put their privacy at risk when they went on the internet and they have mixed feelings about third parties sharing their personal data.

The report also shows that users in nations that have more recently embraced the internet appeared somewhat less aware of the risks and more trusting in their use of the internet. Moreover, many users around the world did not appear to be taking measures designed to protect their privacy and security online.


The report, ‘The Internet Trust Bubble: Global Values, Beliefs and Practices’, is one of a set of reports launched by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on strengthening internet privacy and trust in the security of online personal data.

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See Also: Blog Post by William Dutton, Oxford U. (Co-Author)

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