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Internet Statistics and Reports

The growth and prevalence of the Internet has lead to a number of significant studies that provide information and insight into a complex world. Below are some significant studies and statistics that will shed some light on the opportunities and challenges associated with the growth of the digital economy:

Regularly Updated Research Sites

2008 Reports

World Economic Forum Report: Assessing the State of the World's Networked Readiness
Released April 9, 2008
Sponsored by Cisco Systems, the Global Information Technology Report series is a joint project between World Economic Forum and INSEAD

2007 Reports

OECD Communications Outlook 2007
Released July 2007
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
The Outlook presents recent comparable data on communication sector performance and provides information on policy frameworks in OECD countries. The report details worldwide broadband deployment rankings. Author Taylor Reynolds has been on many Internet Caucus Advisory Commitee panels.

Teens, Privacy and Online Social Networks
Released April 2007
Pew Internet & American Life Project
Pew Internet & American Life Project released "Teens, Privacy and Online Social Networks." "The majority of teens actively manage their online profiles to keep the information they believe is most sensitive away from the unwanted gaze of strangers, parents and other adults. While many teens post their first name and photos on their profiles, they rarely post information on public profiles they believe would help strangers actually locate them such as their full name, home phone number or cell phone number."

Internet prevention messages: Targeting the right online behaviors
Released February 2007
Internet Solutions for Kids, Inc and Crimes Against Children Research Center
Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine 161 (February):138-145. Abstract available at

2006 Reports

Electronic Voting
Released July 2006
Computer Science and Telecommunications Board
Dick Thornburgh and Richard Celetste, co-chairs of the Committee on Framework for Understanding Electronic Voting, co-authored this letter report to discuss the U.S. level of preparedness for electronic voting machines in the November 2006 midterm elections and the potential impact these machines could have on the outcome.

Update on Internet Safety for Youth
Released 2006
Crimes Against Children Research Center
The Crimes Against Children Research Center from the University of New Hampshire released a report entitled Victimization of Youth: Five Years Later 2004-2005. This is a follow up to the 1999-2000 report, Youth Internet Safety Survey. This survey compares the results of youth's experiences online from 1999 to 2005 and explains that the current youth has become safer online today than it was 5 years ago; approximately 1 in 7 (13%) were solicited in 2005, compared to approximately 1 in 5 (19%) in 2000.

OECD Broadband Statistics, December 2005
Released April 12, 2006
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
The number of broadband subscriptions throughout the OECD countries continued to increase during 2005 from 136 million in June 2005 to 158 million by December 2005. In December 2005, four countries (Iceland, Korea, the Netherlands and Denmark) led the OECD in broadband penetration, each with more than 25 subscribers per 100 inhabitants. The United States ranked twelfth.

2005 Reports

OECD Communications Outlook 2005
August 24, 2005
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
This report explains that the communications industry has returned to profitability but developments in Internet technology are challenging the role and business model of traditional telecoms companies, creating pressures for a new approach to industry regulation.

Communicating with Congress
July 11, 2005
Congressional Management Foundation
CMF is undertaking a two-year study on how the Internet and e-mail has changed the communications process between citizens and Capitol Hill. Includes survey, interview, and focus group data from 350 staffers in 202 congressional offices.

The State of Spyware Report
May 3, 2005
This report from the software maker found that -- despite growing awareness of the spyware threat -- 88 percent of consumer machines and 87 percent of corporate PCs have been infected by an unwanted program of some sort. To view the full 75-page report, you must complete a registration form.

The 2005 e-Readiness Rankings
April 20, 2005
Economist Intelligence Unit and IBM Institute for Business Value
The Economist has published an annual e-readiness ranking of the word's largest economies since 2000. These dynamic rankings measure a country's e-business environment, a collection of factors that indicate how amenable a market is to Internet-based opportunities.
2004 rankings

2004 Broadband Penetration, by Country
released April 13, 2005
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
ITU has released its new statistics on global broadband penetration per 100 inhabitants as of January 1, 2005. Korea and Hong Kong have kept the top rankings they received in 2004. The U.S. drops from 13th in 2004 to 16th in 2005.
rankings for 2003 (released in 2004) | rankings for 2002 (released in 2003)

Signposts in Cyberspace
released March 31, 2005
Computer Science and Telecommunications Board
This long-awaited federal report examines the Domain Name System -- which translates the domain names used by people into the numeric IP addresses used for routing on the Internet. It finds that the system is robust enough to meet the future needs of the Web.

2004 Paid Online Content U.S. Market Spending Report
March 2005
Online Publishers Association
This trade association study finds that consumer spending for online content in the U.S. grew to $1.8 billion in 2004, a 14% increase over 2003. The study outlines the different categories for paid content, including Personals/Dating, the biggest moneymaker.

How Do Americans Use the Internet?
January 3, 2005
Stanford Institute for the Quantitative Study of Society
This study provides a comprehensive and detailed picture of Americans' online activities in an average day in mid-2004.

2004 Reports

A Nation Online: Entering the Broadband Age
Released November 18, 2004
National Telecom and Information Administration
Based on the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey, this report provides broad-based information on the ways that information technologies, especially broadband, are transforming the way we live, work, and learn.

The Internet and Democratic Debate
October 27, 2004
Pew Internet & American Life Project
A study finds that the number of Americans who have gone online to get campaign information doubled since the 2000 presidential campaign, and indicates that 18 percent of Americans say they prefer media sources that challenge their point of view.

AOL/NCSA Online Safety Study
October 25, 2004
AOL and the Nat'l Cyber Security Alliance
This survey provides a snapshot of the safety precautions being taken by home computer users -- and it's not a pretty picture.

FCC Report on High Speed Internet Access
September 9, 2004
The Federal Communications Commission
Section 706 of the 1996 Telecom Act requires the FCC and the states to encourage wide access to broadband internet connections. The Commission's latest contentious report describes the country's progress.

GAO Report on Broadband Service Providers
February 2004
The Gov't Accountability Office
The Telecom Act was supposed to promote competition in telecommunication markets, but wire-based competition has not developed as fully as expected. Even so, a new kind of entrant -- broadband service providers -- offers an alternative wire-based option.

2003 Reports

Computer and Internet Use by Children and Adolescents in 2001
October 29, 2003
This report uses data from the September computer and Internet Use supplement to the 2001 current Population Survey to examine the use of computers and the Internet by American children and adolescents between the ages of 5 and 17. The report examines the overall rate of use, the ways in which children and teens use the overall technologies where the use occurs, and the relationships of these aspects of computer and Internet use using demographic and socioeconomic characteristics.

UCLA Internet Report
January 29, 2003
previous reports released: November 29, 2001 and October 25, 2000
UCLA Center for Communications Policy
The UCLA's Center for Communications Policy has issued its third annual "Internet Report." The goal of the report is to "explore how computers, information technology and their users are shaping and changing society." Much of the data is derived from surveys.

Center for Democracy and Technology Spam Report
March 2003
This research project, conducted over six months, attempts to determine the source of spam. The results offer some insight on the type of online behavior that generates spam. It also serves to debunk some common myths about spam.

Who Goes There? Authentication Through the Lens of Privacy
March 2003
Explores authentication technologies and their implications for the privacy of the individuals being authenticated. The report examines numerous concepts, including authentication, authorization, identification, privacy, and security. The report also describes government's unique role in authentication and what this means for how government can use authentication with minimal invasions of privacy.

2002 Reports

See No Evil: How Internet Filters Affect the Search for Online Health Information
December 12, 2002
According to a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, "the Internet filters most frequently used by schools and libraries can effectively block pornography without significantly impeding access to online health information but only if they aren't set at their most restrictive levels."

Statistics from the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau
December 2002
The Bureau's Industry Analysis and Technology Division creates reports detailing statics on such issues as broadband, international traffic and other telecom-related issues. A recent report on broadband noted that "high-speed connections to the Internet increased 27% during the first half of 2002 for a total of 16.2 million lines in service."

High-Speed Services for Internet Access
July 24, 2002
Federal Communications Commission
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released summary statistics of its latest data on the deployment of high-speed connections to the Internet in the United States. The report states that high-speed connections to the Internet Increased 33 percent during the second half of 2001 for a total of 12.8 Million Lines in Service. The introductory press release summarizes the statistics nicely.

Youth, Pornography, and the Internet
May 2, 2002
National Research Council
The National Research Council's report to Congress on "Youth, Pornography and the Internet" is comprehensive and contains some statistics. Some of the statistics cited include the percentage of overall Internet Web pages that are inappropriate for young children and how many of those sites are located within the borders of the US.

A NATION ONLINE: How Americans Are Expanding Their Use Of The Internet
February 4, 2002
NTIA and Dept. of Commerce
NTIA and the Economics and Statistics Administration have published A Nation Online: How Americans Are Expanding Their Use Of The Internet. This report is based on the September 2001 U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey - a survey of approximately 57,000 households and more than 137,000 individuals across the United States. As such, the data in this study are among the most broad-based and reliable datasets that have been gathered on Internet, broadband, and computer connectivity.

Internet Access in U.S. Public Schools: 1994-2001
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Since 1994, NCES has surveyed public schools to estimate access to information technology in schools and classrooms. In the fall of each academic year, a new nationally representative sample of approximately 1,000 public schools has been surveyed about Internet access and Internet-related topics.

2001 Reports

Information Age Appalachia
November 2001
Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)
In 1965, the interstate highway system bypassed Appalachia, providing a primary motivator for the creation of the ARC. Today it is the information superhighway that is bypassing many of the 22 million people in the region.

Toward a Framework for Internet Accountability
The Markle Foundation
The study finds that at a time of intense debate over key Internet policy Americans are enthusiastic about the Internet, but that they are eager to have new forms of public, private, and non-profit governance of the Internet in order to give them more protection and control when they go online.

Choices and Characteristics of Internet Users
January 2001
General Accounting Office (GAO)
The report states that more women and rural residents are using the Internet, and despite generally low usage numbers, minorities are as likely as whites to subscribe to high-speed Internet access.

2000 Reports

Internet Caucus Advisory Committee Technology Tutorial
These animated charts illustrate the Internet's impact on the economy, democracy and American life. This sequence is the opening to the ICAC technology tutorial.

The Power of the Internet for Learning
December 2000
Web-Based Education Commission
Starting in November 1999, the government-appointed Commission met with hundreds of education, business, policy, and technology experts. The report establishes a "policy roadmap" that will help education and policy officials at the local, state, and national levels better address critical "digital age" challenges.

1999 Reports

Internet Caucus Advisory Committee
Statistics illustrate aspect of the Internet economy and issues related to encryption products.

Ongoing Research

Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Harvard Law School
In their Research Publication Series, you'll find reports on a wide range of issues including intellectual property, digital media, and domestic and international communications policy.

ClickZ Stats
This clearinghouse site contains a regularly updated database of information - easily searchable and categorized by demographic groups, industry sector and social issue.

Computer Science and Telecommunications Board
Part of the National Academies, the site offers "independent and informed assessments of computing, communications, and public policy." (Reports are free to read online, and available for purchase in PDF or hard-copy form.)

Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis
CAIDA provides tools and analyses promoting the engineering and maintenance of a robust, scalable global Internet infrastructure.

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Broadband Portal
The OECD broadband portal provides access to a range of broadband-related statistics gathered by the OECD. Policy makers must examine a range of indicators which reflect the status of individual broadband markets in the OECD. The OECD has indentified five main categories which are important for assessing broadband markets. Author Taylor Reynolds has been on many Internet Caucus Advisory Commitee panels.

The Pew Internet & American Life Project
The Pew Research Center
This project produces reports and surveys that explore "the impact of the Internet on children, families, communities, the work place, schools, health care and civic/political life," often in survey format.

U.S. Census Bureau's E-Stats
This site is devoted to "Measuring the Electronic Economy." It features recent and upcoming releases, information on methods, classification systems, and background papers.