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Asia-Pacific internet users want more policy involvement

A survey by the Internet Society on internet policy trends in Asia-Pacific has found that the majority of respondents would like their government to provide more opportunities for multistakeholder involvement in policymaking for the internet. Now in its second installment, the Internet Society Asia-Pacific Regional Policy Survey this year polled 3,302 end-users from across the region on their attitudes towards current internet policy issues. “While a high proportion of respondents care about matters related to the internet, many feel that they are not adequately equipped with the tools and knowledge to participate in state-led policymaking.” Internet connectivity again emerges as the topmost concern for respondents in this year’s survey (internet penetration is about 32% in the region). Cloud computing, e-commerce and data protection are also high on their priority list, with over-the-top services (OTT) now ranking among top ten issues, from being at the bottom in last year’s poll. OTT has been identified as a possible subject of regulation by several countries in the region.

  • Monday, 24 August 2015

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