– Four in five adults polled said they believe Internet access should be
considered a "fundamental right," according to the findings of a
survey of 27,000 adults in 26 countries conducted by GlobeScan for the BBC
World Service. The survey found 78% said the Internet has brought them greater
freedom; nine in ten also called the Internet a good place to learn.
half said they believe the "Internet should never be regulated by any
level of government anywhere," although only 16% of respondents in China agreed
with this belief.
"Despite worries about privacy and fraud, people around
the world see access to the Internet as their fundamental right," said GlobeScan
chairman Doug Miller.
"They think the Web is a force for good, and most
don’t want governments to regulate it."