#Privacy tools used by 28% of the online world, research finds | Technology | theguardian.com 21/01/14 #chiffres via @FelixTreguer
Aggregating market research data from 170,000 internet users worldwide, GWI found that 11% of all users claim to use #Tor, the most high profile for anonymising internet access.
On these figures, Tor could be regularly used by as many as 45.13 million people. Its biggest userbase appears to be in Indonesia, where 21% of respondents said they used the tool, followed by 18% in Vietnam and 15% in India.
Indonesia also has the world’s highest penetration of general anonymity tools among its internet users, with 42% using #proxy servers or virtual private networks known as #VPNs, which disguise the location of the user’s internet connection - their IP address - and therefore bypass regional blocks on certain content.
The Chinese government reportedly employs as many as 2 million “internet analysts” to review and block content deemed politically or commercially inappropriate, yet GWI research estimates that 34% of the country’s online population disguise their online location so that they can bypass such filters.
Of those that use VPN or proxies, 60% say they do so to access Google’s YouTube video site, and 55% said they use it to access Facebook and Twitter.