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Survey Claims Cyber Criminals Topmost Sources of Distrust in India

The recent survey by CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust 2019, reveals that cyber criminal tops the list for source of distrust in the Internet in India. 79% of Indians say social media companies contribute to their distrust- up from 74 % in 2018.

The CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey, now in its fifth year, is the world’s largest and most comprehensive survey of internet security and trust, involving more than 25,000 internet users in over two dozen countries across North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region.

Key Take Away From the Survey:

  • The survey says cybercriminals in India contribute 85% of distrust, which is followed by social media  (79 %) own government (66 %) and foreign government (65 %).
  • In terms of online privacy 92% of Indians are more concerned about their online privacy and security then they were a year back .

While 73% said they wanted their online data and personal information to be stored in their own country, majorities in Hong Kong (62%), Indonesia (58%), Egypt (58%), India (57%), Brazil (54%), and Mexico (51%) said they wanted their online data and personal information stored outside of their country.

A small percentage of people reported making use of more sophisticated tools  such as using more encryption (19%) or using technical tools like Tor (The Onion Router) or virtual private networks (VPNs)  to protect themselves online globally.

  • A majority of internet users around the globe support all efforts that governments and internet companies could take to combat fake news, from social media and video sharing platforms deleting fake news posts and videos (85%) and accounts (84%) to the adoption of automated approaches to content removal (79%) and government censorship of online content (61%).

Although 71% of Indians as per the survey agree that government does enough to safeguard their online data and personal information.

In terms of fake news in India, Facebook (75 %) is the common source, followed by social media platforms and YouTube (72% each), websites (63 %) and television (53 %).

“This year’s survey of global attitudes not only underscores the fragility of the Internet, but also netizens’ growing discomfort with social media and the power these corporations wield over their daily lives,” Fen Osler Hampson, a distinguished fellow at CIGI and director of its Global Security and Politics programme, said.

  • As per the usage of Blockchain technologies the respondent said that they were even somewhat familiar with cryptocurrencies (36%), the Dark Web (24%) or blockchain (22%) globally.

The belief that block chain technology will affect every sector of the economy and that it should be implemented as widely as possible. In India 4 in 10 are familiar with blockchain technologies.

  • Two-thirds (66 %) of global citizens — a majority in every country surveyed believe the dark web should be shut down. In India, 67 % favours this. However, this number is down from 71 % in 2016.

However, a digital divide is evident between the world’s developed and developing economies when it comes to cryptocurrencies.

More than one in three (37%) Indians plan to use or purchase cryptocurrencies within the next year, the survey warned.

“The survey results tell us that people around the world are increasingly concerned about their privacy and security online,” said Sally Wentworth, Vice-President of Global Policy Development for the Internet Society.

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