Privacy Replaces Censorship as #1 Concern of Users
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In a shift from the past 12 months, Internet users responding to Georgia Tech's Graphic, Visualization, & Usability Center's (GVU) 8th WWW User Survey, reported that privacy is the most important issue facing the Internet, with censorship holding second place.
About 30.5 percent of respondents said that privacy was "the single most critical issue facing the Internet." When broken down by gender, women as a group were much more emphatic; almost 38 percent ranked privacy as the number one concern, while only 26 percent of men did so.
Just over 24 percent of users overall ranked censorship as the most critical issue, and again men and women were divided; 27.5 percent of men felt the censorship issue was most important, but less than 19 percent of women agreed.
The survey results note that younger people are more concerned about censorship than are older respondents, and that more experienced users are less concerned about privacy than censorship.