Most people worldwide believe the “dark net”—a hidden Internet portal where a growing amount of criminal activity ranging from narcotics sales to drug trafficking and child pornography takes place—should be shut down, a survey by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) reveals.
The survey by the Waterloo, Ontario-based CIGI includes responses from 24,143 individuals ages in 24 countries, among them the United States, Canada, Italy, France, Egypt, India, China, Sweden and Nigeria. It was conducted by the Canadian research company Ipsos Public Affairs via Internet in all but four countries (Nigeria, Kenya, Pakistan and Tunisia). where interviews were conducted via telephone. About 1000 individuals ranging in age from 16 to 64 (18-64 in the U.S. and Canada) were interviewed in each country, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 points.
According to the survey, 7 in 10 global citizens believe the “dark net” should be shut down.
Why do many (3 in 10) believe it should still exist “if it embodies the seedy underbelly of the Internet?” researchers ask. “The answer lies in the desire of global citizens to preserve the anonymity and benefits that are also a central part of the dark net.”
But when it comes to national security and criminal investigations, 7 out of 10 survey responders believe these matters should take priority over online privacy and anonymity. They believe that, for some investigations, law enforcement should have access to private online conversations.
Survey respondents were also asked whether they believed their Internet activity was censored or monitored by government. More than half of the respondents worldwide believed they were subject to censorship.
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