Survey 1998 | GVU Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Computing
Data Related to Web Filtering
A precocious survey was conducted in 1998 at GVU Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Computing (Depken, 2006). Survey’s scope was to measure the demographic characteristics of the online population, but there was a question stating “I believe that certain information should not be published on the Internet.”.
Among the 4.247 respondents from the United States 24.84% answered “Agree Strongly”, 22.30% answered “Agree Somewhat” while 15.26% answered “Disagree Somewhat” and 28.37% answered “Disagree Strongly”. Summarizing, the respondents who agreed “strongly” or “somewhat” with the non publication of certain information online were little more (47.14%) than those who disagreed “strongly” or “somewhat” (43.63%).
Source: Koumartzis, N., 2010. Survey 1998 | GVU Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Computing, webobserver.net. Available at:
About the Survey
To investigate who supports censorship, data gathered at the GVU Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Computing are employed. The Center has offered several annual online surveys, widely advertised on the Internet and through traditional media, to measure the demographic characteristics of the online population. The 1998 survey included questions pertaining to individual characteristics, Internet and computer proficiency and, important to this investigation, the relative support for Internet censorship. The 1998 survey included 5,022 respondents from around the world. For the purposes of this paper, the data are restricted to respondents from the United States, yielding 4,247 observations .
Source: Depken, C. A., 2006. Who Supports Internet Censorship?, First Monday, Volume 11, Number 9 — 4 September 2006. Retrieved at October 22 2010 from: http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/1390/1308