World Internet Project

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The World Internet Project (WIP) is a collaborative research program that brings together academic institutions in 46 partner countries to study the social, economic and political impact of digital technology.


The World Internet Project was founded in 1999 by the Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism (the Center was formerly the UCLA Center for Communication Policy.)[1] The Project was created to study the impact of the Internet and related digital technology in national and international communities.

Based at universities and research institutes, the World Internet Project conducts research, generates publications, and holds annual conferences that explore the impact of these technologies. The World Internet Project studies the views and behavior of internet users and non-users.[2]

Each member institution conducts regular sample surveys of internet use and non-use in its country, including a series of core questions used by all of the partner countries.  The critical defining characteristics of this research are that it is longitudinal, enables cross-country comparison, and includes both internet users and non-users.[3]

The World Internet Project creates international and national reports on Internet use and behavior based on its survey results. The Project published its tenth report in November 2019.[4] 

World Internet Project: International Partners[edit]

List updated November 14, 2019


United States: Center for the Digital Future, USC Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism

Partner countries [5]


  1. ^ "About". World Internet Project. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  2. ^ "World Internet Project". The Oxford Internet Institute. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  3. ^ "World Internet Project (Australia)". ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  4. ^ "World Internet Project". Center for the Digital Future. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  5. ^ "World Internet Project: Partner countries". Center for the Digital Future. Retrieved 13 November 2019.

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