Public Policy

The rise of the Internet has highlighted such subjects as privacy and security, telecommunications law, and the “digital divide” between Americans who can afford high-speed Internet access and those who cannot. The Pew Internet & American Life Project studies these issues in depth by developing data that policy makers can use in their decision making. Information about Internet use and public policy is gathered through public opinion polling, online surveys and other research methods.

Recent topics explored by the Pew Internet & American Life Project include the socio-economic differences between users of broadband and dial-up and those with no Internet access; the threat posed by increasing use of spyware; “phishing” and other online scams; trends in music and video downloading; and usage rates for Internet telephones, known as Voice over Internet Protocol. These studies provide public officials, journalists, academic researchers and others with the best available information for discussing or making decisions regarding these critical Internet policy issues.

The Pew Internet & American Life Project is an initiative of the Pew Research Center, a Pew subsidiary based in Washington, D.C. For more information about the Internet and major public policy issues, visit the Pew Internet & American Life Project Web site.


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