30th anniversary of the WWW: Better access to education and healthcare top aspirations for the next 30 years of the Web for UAE residents
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DUBAI, UAE: 20 March 2019 – To mark the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web, over 1000 survey respondents from across the UAE shared what the Web has made possible for them today, and what they hope it will make possible for future generations.
Whilst the web has delivered many ‘firsts’, from the first website (info.cern.ch – 1990) and the first online banking (Stanford Federal Credit Union -1994), to the first Internet connection in space (Cisco - 2010), people’s ambitions for the Internet’s future overwhelmingly highlight what it can make possible for society.
Enabling ‘better access to education’ tops the list of respondents’ aspirations for the future of the Internet (68 percent), followed by enabling ‘better access to healthcare’ (61 percent).
Based on a survey of respondents across the 7 Emirates, the findings showcase the enormous impact that the World Wide Web, as the largest application on the Internet, has had in connecting people and information, over the last 30 years.
Respondents selected the education sector (40 percent) as the primary beneficiary of technological advances to-date, followed closely by the entertainment industry (39 percent).
According to the survey, the Internet is 10% more likely to have affected the way in which the over 55s work (53%) in comparison with 16-24 year olds (43%).
When asked which industries will benefit most from technological advancements, the top choice was ‘education’ (35 percent) followed by ‘healthcare’ (34 percent).
The age group most thankful to the Internet for creating new ways of working was the over 55s (31%), compared to 23% of 16-24 year olds, born into the Digital Age.
“We live in a hyper-connected world. By 2022, we are going to see more traffic crossing global networks than in the entire history of the Internet combined. This traffic comes from all of us, and increasingly, our machines. The survey shows the impact that the World Wide Web and the Internet has had on our lives, and what people expect for the future. To realize that potential, organisations – be it in healthcare, education, or any other industry - must be able to understand the power of connections and securely extract value from them. In addition, they need to manage the complexity that comes with the explosion of connecting people, places, ideas and things across a network,” said David Meads, vice president, Middle East and Africa, Cisco.
To mark the 30th anniversary of the Web, Cisco has curated a collection of 30 ‘world firsts’ made possible by this incredible technology. Read more about this here.
This research for Cisco was carried out online by Opinion Matters between 01/03/2019 and 08/03/2019 amongst a panel resulting in 1,001 adult respondents (requiring a minimum of 250 respondents aged 16-24 & 55+) across Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain. All research conducted adheres to the MRS Codes of Conduct (2010) in the UK and ICC/ESOMAR World Research Guidelines. Opinion Matters is registered with the Information Commissioner's Office and is fully compliant with the Data Protection Act (1998).
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