This report represents the sixth published results of the World Internet Project, collaboratively produced by the Center for the Digital Future in the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in the USA and partner countries worldwide. This work on the impact of the Internet has evolved during 13 years of exploration and reveals an international picture of change brought about by online technology.

The Internet has transformed entertainment, communication, information‐gathering, and education across the globe. However, the scope of change varies widely from country to country – a prime reason for a comparative international study.

The current report, managed by the Center for the Digital Future at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, merges findings from 20 of the project’s partner countries:  Australia, Bahrain, Chile, China, Egypt, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Uruguay.

Studies by the World Internet Project explore the contemporary evolution of communication technology through findings on 75 subject areas in 10 broad categories:

  • Internet Users and Non-users
  • Information Seeking Online
  • Access to Online Services
  • The Internet and Social Connections
  • Politics and the Internet
  • Media Use, Reliability, and Importance
  • User-generated Content and Social Media
  • Online Entertainment
  • Online Purchasing and Personal Privacy
  • Online Communication
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