Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Half of the population like hacktivism according to a survey

The population is divided on their opinion concerning to hacktivism: on one side, they disapprove the inconveniences and the fact that it operates out of the law, but on the other side, they feel the hacktivism benefits the society, denouncing criminal organizations, governments and corporations responsible of bad practises. It's ,after all, the eternal struggle against virtues and evils of the antiheroes like the mythic Robin Hood. 

The 66% of the respondents think the hacktivists should be arrested by attack against the law but, at the same time, the 58% think this same hacktivists play an important role denouncing the abuse and society abusers. It's the main conclusion of a survey made to 25.000 people of 24 countries by the Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Ipsos market research company.

"The worldwide Internet users are in conflict about the role of hacktivist groups like Anonymous. We could say people tend to disapprove its tactics, but they approve what they do and its results" says Eric Jardine, CIGI researcher. The 56% of respondents think hacktivists are a discomfort and don't contribute with a real value, while the 43% have a positive vision of the hacktivists groups, but they won't consider them to defend Internet users, but they think these groups are useful to denounce organizations and governments.

But the CIGI survey doesn't talk only about hacktivism but it embraces a much wider field: the security sensation and Internet users privacy, which has descended globally. The respondent countries have been Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Indonesian, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey and the United States. The citizens of these countries are increasingly worried by their privacy and online security, above all when it is related to personal data managed by corporations and governments.

According to the study, the 85% of the citizens think their governments should work hardly with other governments and organizations related to privacy and security matters. Only the 30% think their governments are doing enough right things to save their personal information and keep it safe from private companies. Another interesting data in the 57% citizens are more worried by their Internet privacy than the last year.

Regarding to their own online security, the 55% avoid to open emails from unknown addresses. The 39% moderate the information about themselves on the Internet and eight out of ten are aware of their information could be bought and sold and their movements monitored. The 83% of the respondents ensure they have changed their online habits to control the  shared personal information.


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