New York — Trust in the internet has fallen dramatically across the globe in the last few years, a survey found.
That is despite the internet and social media uncovering news and connecting people across the globe.
A recent Ispsos/New Institute survey across 20 countries asked people about how much they trust the internet. About 63 percent said they trust the world wide web — that is down 11 percent from a similar survey in 2019.
Only Japan saw an increase in trust.
Poland led the way in the biggest drops, with a 26 percent decrease. The U.S. also tailed a double-digit loss at 12 percent.
The figure makes sense as Americans have grown weary of “fake news,” bots and other countries posting information online used to influence elections and everyday thoughts.
Many countries expressed privacy concerns with the internet, the survey found. People wanted to see new policies to address issues, including 65 percent who wanted the protection of user privacy. The same percentage wanted policies that ensure the protection of their data.
Only 57 percent of people across the globe said they believe the internet is effectively governed. But less than half of Americans in the survey, 45 percent, said they felt the same.
“It’s all about empowering Internet users and listening to their concerns as the Internet revolution continues to evolve,” says Dr. Paul Twomey, Initiative Lead at The New Institute. “There is growing global desire by individuals to protect an individual’s the access to and use of their online personal data, which would not just for privacy but also to improve their direct benefits to individuals and expand positive societal outcomes.”
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Author: Alex Lang
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