Why South Africa is the least civilized country on the Internet? (Part 1)

Of the 25 countries surveyed, Microsoft ranked South Africa as the least civilized country on the Internet. What criteria are they sorted by?

In early February, Microsoft published a report on the index of civilization on the Internet (DCI). This result was announced by Microsoft on the International Day of Internet Safety. In this list, Microsoft ranks South Africa as the country with the lowest level of Internet civilization. The survey was conducted to understand users’ experiences on the 21 risks caused by inappropriate behaviors. The survey participants were teenagers and adults from 25 countries.

Why is South Africa leading the list?

According to Microsoft, the digital civilization index is measured by the feedback of teens and adults about the online experience and the risks coming from the Internet. Specifically, Microsoft lists 21 types of cyber risks, divided into four categories related to reputation, behavior, sexual assault and exploitation of personal information.

The lower the index of a country, the less likely it is that Internet users in that country are at less risk from the network, or in other words, civilized network users. This is the first time that 3 countries have reached over 80%, of which the highest is South Africa at 83%.

According to a Microsoft report, South African surveyors said the most common risk online was unwanted contact (53%), fraud (40%), bad treatment (37%) and texting. Bad news (34%). Up to 87% said they had encountered problems at least twice, 95% had suffered from online troubles, and 71% were concerned about the risks coming back.

The most controversial topics online in South Africa are race (56%), politics (41%), religion (38%), sexual orientation (34%) and appearance (32%).

For incidents that are deeply emotional, South African users say that discrimination, smear reputation and online harassment are the biggest risks

In previous Microsoft reports, South Africa always ranked low. In 2018, the country ranked last among 14 countries surveyed. In 2019, South Africa is ranked 21/22 countries.