(Yicai Global) Feb. 17 -- While enjoying convenience brought about by the internet, people may also encounter unprecedented potential risks such as cyber-bullying, pornography and damage to reputations. The United Kingdom, Australia and the US have the highest levels of online civility, according to the Digital Civility Index released by Microsoft Corp. [NASDAQ:MSFT]. China ranks eighth, below India.
The report studies the network ecology of 14 countries, with survey respondents being primarily teenagers aged 13-17 and adults aged 18-74. The report classifies potential online risks into four categories: behavioral, intrusive, reputational and sexual. Each category includes several specific harmful behaviors. There are altogether 17 types of such behaviors such as spreading racist comments and disseminating pornography.
South Africa, Mexico and Russia have the lowest levels of online civility, the report says. India registers an index reading of 63 and ranks seventh on the list of countries in terms of digital civility, ahead of China (67).