unctad.org | 4th Global Survey of Internet Users
4th Global Survey of Internet Users
16 April 2018
Room XXV
Geneva, Switzerland

Key Issues

Reliance on digital technologies has never been more acute. Technology companies are increasingly able to shape political and economic outcomes, while governments look for solutions to new technology-infused public policy problems. Knowing what Internet users think is crucially important, as public opinion will shape the outcome of debates on technology, Internet governance, e-commerce, and public policy.

The 4th Annual Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust by CIGI/Ipsos, UNCTAD and the Internet Society sheds much needed light upon public attitudes toward taxation of technology companies, use of e-commerce platforms and the power of social media, search engines, online applications and online advertisements, among other topics. The survey results include a number of tracking questions, allowing for a concrete assessment of trends in the wider Internet ecosystem and online economy.

The panel will discuss this new survey data from 25 economies, including Australia, Brazil, China, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Russian Federation, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, and many others. This global perspective provides an important glimpse at what Internet users are currently thinking, what sort of actions or actors concern them the most, and where they would like the Internet ecosystem to go in the future. 

Fen Osler Hampson, Director of Global Security & Politics, Centre for International Governance Innovation

Eric Jardine, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Virginia Tech
Hans Peter Dittler, President of the German Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC) and ISOC Board member 
Torbjörn Fredriksson, Chief, ICT Policy Section, Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD

Co-organized with:Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Ipsos, Internet Society (ISOC), UNCTAD
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