Four out of five adults regard internet access as their fundamental right, according to a new global survey conducted across 26 countries for BBC World Service. The poll of more than 27,000 adults conducted by GlobalScan found that 87% of internet users felt access to the Internet was "a fundamental right of all people." More than 71% of non-internet users agreed that they should also have the right to access the web.
Overall, nearly 80% of respondents said the Internet brought greater freedom, 9 out 10 said the Internet was a good place to learn, and about half said they enjoyed spending time on social networking sites. When asked what they valued most about the Internet, respondent rated "the ability to find information of all sorts" as the highest (at 47%) with "the ability to interact and communicate with people" coming in second with 32%
I found the breakdown on the individual country data behind the "ability to interact and communicate with people" ranking very interesting.
The country that most valued the Internet for the "ability to interact and communicate with people" was Turkey at 50%. Followed closely by:
- Philippines 48%
- Indonesia 46%
- Egypt 45%
- Chile 43%
- Ghana 41%
On the other end of the spectrum, the country that had the lowest interest in using the Interest for its "ability to interact and communicate with people was South Korea at 13%. Followed by:
- China 18%
- Thailand 19%
- Japan 20%
- Spain 22%
A PDF of the full BBC report can be downloaded here. Let me know what you find most interesting about this research. I look forward to hearing from you.