Overview of the World Internet Project

The World Internet Project (WIP) is a major international collaborative project that examines the social, political and economic impact of the Internet and other new technologies. Founded in 1999 by the Annenberg School Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California (USC), formerly the UCLA Center for Communication Policy, in collaboration with research centres in Singapore and Italy, WIP now has 28 partners in countries and regions all over the world. Canada, through the Canadian Internet Project and the Canadian Media Research Consortium, became a member in 2003.

Based at universities and research institutes around the world, WIP conducts detailed research, generates many publications and holds annual conferences that examine the impact of new technologies. 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 interested citizens.

All research projects are independently funded within member countries. While each national study is responsible for creating its own project and research methodology, every survey conducted includes a subset of approximately 30 questions asked of all respondents, which constitutes the basis for international comparison.

Members of WIP believe that the Internet and related digital technologies are transforming our social, political and economic lives and that the Internet will have a profound and important cultural influence on all societies. With this in mind, WIP is designed to document the social, economic and political transformations that are emerging as the Internet expands and evolves. The international comparisons made possible by WIP are essential to understanding the global changes that the new media area creating and enabling.

For further information on WIP and its members, see www.worldinternetproject.net.