The World Internet Project originated at the UCLA Center for Communication Policy (now the USC Annenberg School Center for the Digital Future) and was founded with the NTU School of Communication Studies in Singapore and the Osservatorio Internet Italia at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. From the beginning it was recognized that the increasing influence of digital technology and the Internet is a cross-national phenomenon. It has always been the project’s intent to expand to include all the regions of the world and within five years to include 25 or more countries.
The originators of this project believe that the Internet (in whatever distribution system: PC, television, wireless or some yet to be developed system) will transform our social, political and economic lives. We further believe that the influence and importance of the Internet will dwarf that of the most important cultural influence of the past 50 years: television. Potentially the Internet represents change on the order of the industrial revolution or the printing press. Believing this, our Internet Project is designed to get in on the ground floor of that change and to watch and document what happens as households and nations acquire and use the Internet.
Founded by the USC Annenberg School Center for the Digital Future (formerly the UCLA Center for Communication Policy) in the United States in 1999, the WIP now has more than 20 partners in countries and regions all over the world, including Singapore, Italy, China, Japan, Macao, South Korea, Sweden, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Hungary, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Portugal, Australia, Bolivia, Iran, and the Czech Republic.
Based at universities and research institutes around the world, the WIP conducts detailed research, generates a wealth of publications and holds annual conferences looking at the impact of these new technologies. The WIP
is committed to sharing the results of its work with leaders in the policy, government and business communities as well as with journalists, parents, teachers and any interested citizens.
For those who need any data from a particular country, please contact the members from that country directly to request for their data.
If you are interested in becoming a partner in the World Internet
Project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.