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Who Wants an Uncensored Net in Emerging and Developing Countries?

BY Jessica McKenzie | Wednesday, March 19 2014

Turns out, lots of people in emerging and developing countries support a free, uncensored Internet—the majority in 22 of 24 countries in this Pew Research survey, in fact—but support is especially strong among young, well-educated, high-income people who use the Internet.

Pew found a correlation between support for internet freedom and: internet penetration, youth, education and higher incomes.

Exceptions to these rules include Venezuela and Egypt, where there is more support for Internet freedom than one would expect based on Internet penetration, and Russia and Pakistan, where support is surprisingly low compared to Internet penetration.

Support for Internet Freedom Linked to Internet Usage

In more than half of the surveyed nations, those in the 18 – 29 age group were more likely to want an uncensored Internet than those 50 or older.

Age Related to Views of Internet Freedom

In seven countries, college graduates were significantly more likely to support an uncensored Internet than those without a degree.

In several countries, income was a big factor. Nearly 8 in 10 (78 percent) high-income Russians object to government censorship, compared to just over half (53 percent) of low income Russians. The gap between high income and low income groups was even larger in Kenya.

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