Corporate responsibility: How far will tech firms go in helping repressive regimes?
Experts are divided about the role Western technology companies will play in helping monitor and thwart dissident activity in the future. Some hope the open Internet and the prospect of consumer backlash will minimize businesses’ cooperation with authoritarian governments; others believe the urge for profits and for global reach across all cultures will compel firms to allow their digital tools to be used against critics of the status quo.
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About the Survey
The survey results are based on a non-random, opt-in, online sample of 1,021 Internet experts and other Internet users, recruited via email invitation, Twitter or Facebook from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and the Imagining the Internet Center at Elon University. Since the data are based on a non-random sample, a margin of error cannot be computed, and the results are not projectable to any population other than the experts in this sample.
This publication is part of a Pew Research Center series that captures people’s expectations for the future of the internet, in the process presenting a snapshot of current attitudes. Find out more at: http://pewinternet.org/topics/Future-of-the-internet.aspx and http://imaginingtheinternet.org.