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Device usage 2017 World Internet Project New Zealand survey report

In May 2018, the sixth edition of the biannual World Internet Project, New Zealand was released. This study focuses on the social impact of the internet on users exploring ideas towards the use of the internet, privacy and security issues, freedom of speech and social interactions. The New Zealand survey included questions focused on the potential for the identification of a digital divide, in either access or usage.

In collaboration with partners in 39 countires, the World Internet Project operates through the Center for the Digital Future. This is the world's largest and longest-running longitudinal study on internet use and digital adoption. Studies explore the evolution of communication technology through findings on more than 80 subject areas in broad categories that include:

  • Internet users and non-users
  • Information-seeking online
  • Access to online services
  • Politics and the internet
  • Online media use
  • Media reliability and importance
  • User-generated content and social media
  • Online entertainment
  • Online purchasing
  • Personal privacy
  • Online communication
  • Credit card security
  • Offline media use
  • Blogs
  • The internet and education

The study focuses on the social impact of the internet on users rather than technical uptake rates. In this way, it explores ideas of attitudes towards the use of the internet, privacy and security issues, freedom of speech and social interactions. Each survey includes common questions agreed to by all of the international partners. Individual countries then often include some specific questions of interest to them. This combination has allowed for international comparisons in attitude, usage and perceived control to be made. New Zealand is one of the partner countries.

Some of the key findings in 2017 World Internet Project New Zealand survey report were:

  • New Zealand has an extremely high level of connectivity
  • Frequency and range of online activity is high
  • People are comfortable with their own control of privacy
  • People are comfortable with the level of freedom of speech and political expression
  • Internet improves quality of life for those living with disabilities

Click here to download the 2017 World Internet Project New Zealand survey report.

Click here for further information on the World Internet Project New Zealand.