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Sunday, 16 June 2019

Internet security survey reveals Egypt’s online privacy fears

Internet security survey reveals Egypt’s online privacy and fake news fears: At least 96% of Egyptians are “concerned or somewhat concerned” about online privacy, according to a global internet survey published last week by the Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI). Comprising interviews with 25,000 internet users in over two dozen countries, the study showed marked increase in distrust among internet users from a year ago, with 78% feeling concerned about their online privacy, and 53% stating that their concern had increased from a year ago.

We’ve probably seen fake news, and there’s a strong chance we believed it: 81% of the people surveyed in Egypt claim they have seen fake news and 60% say they initially believed it. While social media was regarded as the largest purveyor of fake news, 62% of Egyptians surveyed said they had also encountered it in mainstream media.

Egypt and other EMs would prefer their data to be stored overseas: 58% of Egyptians and majorities in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Brazil and Mexico wanted their data stored outside of their own countries, compared to only 23% in North America and 35% throughout Europe.

We are enthusiastic about cryptocurrencies: 56% of the Egyptians surveyed plan to use or purchase cryptocurrencies within the year, well above the global rate of 25%. Their long-term value as an investment is regarded as being much higher in EM than in developed markets.

And we are more knowledgeable than most about blockchain technology: While 22% of global citizens have some familiarity with blockchain, Egypt stands at 33% — behind China at 48% but above France and the UK at 15%.

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