The World Internet Project published its annual International Report in March 2012. The project is produced by the Center for the Digital Future in the USC Annenburg School for Communication & Journalism in the United States as well as 15 other countries.
We originally created this project in 1999 because the Internet represents the most important technological development of our generation; the effects of the Internet may surpass those of television and could someday rival those of the printing press. In little more than a decade, the Internet has become a worldwide phenomenon, transforming entertainment, communication, information-gathering, and education across the globe. The scope of change varies widely from country to country — a prime reason for a comparative international study.
Some fun facts:
Image 1: Forty percent or more of users in 11 of the WIP countries go online at least weekly for fact finding or fact checking. Only in Taiwan do more than half of users never go online to find or check a fact. (pg 91)
Image 2: Large percentages of users in most of the WIP countries said Internet use has had no effect on their contact with those who share their political interests. But 13 of the WIP countries had double-digit percentages of users who reported that their contact with people who share their political interests as a result of Internet use has somewhat increased or greatly increased. (pg 110)
Check out the report here.