India stood at #7 on Digital Civility Index

Microsoft DCI repot

India ranks at number seven with a percentage of 61, on Digital Civility Index among the 23 participating countries as per a survey conducted by Microsoft. On Safer Internet Day (February 6) Microsoft has announced the 2nd Digital Civility Index (DCI) report.

The report says that millennials had the highest lifetime risk exposure of 77%. Nearly eight in 10 millennials experienced a consequence from online risks. While, the 20% of online perpetrators were family or friends and 47% females reported higher consequences as a result of harassment.

The risks are measured under the Digital Civility Index (DCI), where lower scores indicate lower online risk exposure and higher levels of online civil behaviour. For 2016, India surveyed with a DCI of 63%, which was lower than the global average of 65%.

The DCI is based on a survey completed in May/June 2017 to gauge the attitudes and perceptions of teens (ages 13-17) and adults (ages 18-74) in 23 countries about the state of digital civility today.

It asked questions such as “which online risks have you and your close circle experienced, when and how often have the risks occurred, and what consequences and actions were taken?” —and it measured respondents’ lifetime exposure to 20 online risks across four areas: behavioral, reputational, sexual and personal/intrusive.

The scope of research this year was increased to encompass 23 countries and 20 online risks (nine newly included countries, three added risks). The Index reveals that a person has experienced an average of 2.6 online safety risks out of the 20 included in the survey, with the top 5 risks being unwanted contact, hoaxes/fraud/scams, being treated meanly, receiving unwanted sexting messages, and trolling.

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