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March 22, 2012 Contact: Justin Pierce Jwpierce02@aol.com 310-962-6001 USC Center for the Digital Future Releases Third Report of the World Internet Project Global partnership includes findings on Internet use in 16 countries The Center for the Digital Future has released the third report of the World InternetProject, the first global partnership of research institutions that compiles data on the behaviorand views of Internet users and non-users worldwide. The World Internet Project, created and managed by the Center for the Digital Future atthe USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, includes two years of findingsfrom 16 of the project’s 34 partner countries: Australia, Chile, Colombia, Cyprus (separatefindings for the Greek-Cypriot community and the Turkish-Cypriot community), Hungary, Israel,Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, theUnited Kingdom, and the United States. The other partners in the World Internet Project are Brazil, Canada, Cape Verde, China,Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Macao, Singapore, South Africa,South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, and Uruguay. The results of the studies reveal an international picture of change brought about byonline technology in 87 major subject areas in 12 broad categories: Internet users and non-users,access to online information sites, access to online services, online purchasing, views about creditcard security, online social connections, the Internet and the political process, media reliabilityand importance, offline media use, online communication, blogs, and the Internet and education. “By building a global coalition of partner countries, we are building a broad base ofknowledge about Internet use and views, and how that behavior varies from country to country,”said Jeffrey I. Cole, director of the Center for the Digital Future and the World Internet Project. The Center for the Digital Future also recently released a special report, “America at theDigital Turning Point,” which explores 10 major issues concerning the impact of onlinetechnology on users and non-users. To download the report of the World Internet Project, or “America at the DigitalTurning Point,” visit digitalcenter.org. * * * * * * * *