Setting Priorities for Development of Global Information and Communication Technologies Respondents were asked the following: If you were in charge of setting priorities about where to spend the available funds for developing information and communications technologies (predominantly the Internet) to improve the world, how would you rank order the following international concerns? Please number these from 1 to 4, with 1 being the highest priority.
|First Priority||Second Priority||Third Priority||Fourth Priority||Did Not Respond||Mean Rank|
|Building the capacity of the network and passing along technological knowledge to those not currently online||51||27||11||4||7||1.67|
|Creating a legal and operating environment that allows people to use the Internet the way they want, using the software they want||32||32||21||8||7||2.05|
|Establishing an easy-to-use, secure international monetary microcredit system||8||21||36||28||7||2.90|
|Developing and “arming” an effective international security watchdog organization||8||12||23||50||7||3.25|
Source. Pew Internet & American Life Project, Internet Issues 2020, November 30–April 4, 2006. Results are based on a nonrandom sample of 742 Internet users recruited via e-mail. Since the data are based on a nonrandom sample, a margin of error cannot be computed.