Global | BBC World Service Poll 2010
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Data Related to Web Filtering
There was a very specific question regarding Internet regulation policies and government’s involvement. As the poll showed, the most internet users feel that the Internet should not be regulated by governments. More specific, 53% of Internet users agreed that “the internet should never be regulated by any level of government anywhere”, including large majorities in South Korea (83%), Nigeria (77%), and Mexico (72%).
» Internet Access as a Fundamental Right Other related questions produced great valuable data. For example, four in five adults (79%) regard internet access as their fundamental right. Moreover, 87% of those who used the internet felt that internet access should be “the fundamental right of all people.” More than seven in ten (71%) non-internet users also felt that they should have the right to access the web.
Countries where very high proportions regarded internet access as their fundamental right included South Korea (96%), Mexico (94%), and China (87%).
» Internet Access and Self-censorship Many web users are cautious about speaking their minds online. The poll found that they were evenly split between those who felt that “the internet is a safe place to express my opinions” (48%) and those who did not feel this (49%).
Japan was among the countries where most web users did not feel they could express their opinions safely online (65%), alongside South Korea (70%) and China (55%). Surprisingly, similar figures exists for France (69%) and Germany (72%)!
In contrast, most Indians (70%), Ghanaians (74%), and Kenyans (73%) felt they could express their opinions safely.
» Internet Access and Its Value Most web users are very positive about the changes the internet has brought to their lives, with strong support for the information available, the greater freedom it brings and social networking. However there was caution about expressing opinions online and fraud.
Source: BBC World Service, 2010. Four in Five Regard Internet Access as a Fundamental Right: Global Poll, 7 March 2010. Survey conducted by GlobeScan Incorporated.
About the Survey
The results are drawn from a survey of 27,973 adult citizens across 26 countries, including 14,306 internet users, conducted for BBC World Service by the international polling firm GlobeScan. GlobeScan coordinated fieldwork, involving telephone and in-person interviews, between 30 November 2009 and 7 February 2010.
GlobeScan Chairman Doug Miller commented: “Despite worries about privacy and fraud, people around the world see access to the internet as their fundamental right. They think the web is a force for good, and most don’t want governments to regulate it.”
Source: BBC World Service, 2010. Four in Five Regard Internet Access as a Fundamental Right: Global Poll, 7 March 2010. Survey conducted by GlobeScan Incorporated .
About GlobeScan & BBC World Service
» GlobeScan GlobeScan Incorporated is an international opinion research consultancy. GlobeScan conducts research in over 90 countries, is ISO 9001-2008 quality certified, and is a signatory to the UN Global Compact.
» BBC World Service The BBC World Service is an international multimedia broadcaster delivering 32 language and regional services. It uses multiple platforms to reach its weekly audience of 188 million globally, including shortwave, AM, FM, digital satellite, and cable channels. It has around 2,000 partner radio stations which take BBC content, and numerous partnerships supplying content to mobile phones and other wireless handheld devices.