Microsoft’s Digital Civility Index to disclose the need to treat each with dignity and to stay safer online
NEW DELHI – With growing internet usage the Microsoft Digital Civility Index (DCI) has increased to focus on taking steps to minimize threats facing online. On the event of Safer Internet Day (SID), Microsoft released a survey conducted across 14 countries through its Digital Civility Index (DCI). The Findings of the survey are indicated as:
- 63% of Indian respondents reported have been exposed to an online risk. 44% of Indians experienced their online risk in the past month, indicating the higher frequency.
- 69% Indians expressed their concern over an online risk.
- Youth are more confident than adults in managing uncivil behavior, and has more knowledge about where to get help if needed. However, only 50% youth and 35% adults knew where and how to get help.
- Males in India reported more risks across all categories – 64% compared to 61% for females. And, more females tightened privacy controls (61%) compared to males (50%) after experiencing online risk.
The Digital Civility Index as part of Microsoft’s continuing commitment to fostering safe, inclusive interactions online, and to a raise awareness on the need for digital civility. “On Safer Internet Day, Microsoft to use the Digital Civility Index to amplify awareness and demonstrate the need for educating young, adults, parents, educators, and policy makers about the real-world consequences on negative online interactions, which can also have serious consequences. We hope these findings will serve as an evident based for a global drive toward digital civility and increase accountability among internet users,” said Madhu Khatri, Associate General Counsel of Microsoft India.
The findings are the results of the survey that examined people’s attitudes and perceptions about online behaviors and interactions. The survey polled teens (ages 13-17) and adults (18-74) asking about the experiences and encounters with 17 different online risks of almost four categories: behavioral, reputational, sexual, and personal/intrusive.
- On intrusive behaviour like hate speech, discrimination, or terrorism recruiting, 79% of Indians reported their concern levels.
- 77% Indians reported about behavioural concerns like cyberbullying, trolling, or online harassment.
- Concerns on unwanted sexual solicitation, sexting, revenge porn, or sextortion was reported by 77% of Indians.
- Concerns on unwanted reputational behaviour such as doxing and workplace reputation was also reported by 77% Indians.
It has been an active supporter of Safer Internet Day each year, since it started in 2004. It also collaborates with advocates, industry partners and governments across worldwide to develop solutions and to promote effective public policies that helps to protect people online. Microsoft’s research based on surveys and feedback from stakeholders will continually offers new guidance and tips for people to be safe online. Microsoft is also planning a free webinar to educate internet users about every possible risk during online interactions and suggest remedial actions. Additional information on the Digital Civility Index is available
About Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day (SID) is an international day of action, organized by Insafe every Feb, to promote safer and use more responsibly of technology, particularly among children and youth. This year’s theme is that “Be the change: United for a better internet.”