[This is a post from the Cybernorms.net blog, which is the English equivalent to Cybernormer.se. You can follow this link to read this post at its original URL.]
The week has been a good week in the media for the LUii affiliated Cybernorms research project. With Måns Svensson, head of the research group, in the lead, we released data from our latest follow up survey on file sharing and online anonymity. We found that when compared to figures from late 2009, 40% more 15 to 25-year-olds are now hiding their activities online.
Pic: Hansel and Gretel and the issue of traceability
Of particular interest is the response to surveillance by the younger generation. In the current follow-up study, we see that 15% of the respondents use some kind of anonymity service, which is up from 10% in 2009. We predict this to increase even more.
– “If the European Court of Justice opinion leads to an intensified hunt for file sharers, there is evidence that the use of these types of services for anonymity will grow even faster,” says Svensson.
The news were released by TT, and quickly could be reported in the biggest media in Sweden, ranging from SvD, DN, P3, svt.se, tv4.se, to GP, Sydsvenskan, Borås Tidning, and Aftonbladet. This was followed up internationally by sites like Torrentfreak, BBC news, The local and the Australian iTNews, in which I was interviewed, an I confirmed the prediction of that the use of anonymity services will increase in Sweden along with clearer enforcement of not only copyright laws, but also data retention and surveillance.
We’ve written about it before, in the 2010 article in the scientific journal Policy and Internet. The article was titled Compliance or Obscurity? Online Anonymity as a Consequence of Fighting Unauthorised File-sharing, and you can find here [pdf].