71% of Mexicans reported consequences from exposure to online risks

Online risks include cyberbullying, damage to personal or professional reputation, discrimination, hate speech, scams, misogyny, and revenge pornography among others
Mexico experienced online risks at rates above the global averages - File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
07/02/2018
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Mexico experienced online risks at rates above the global averages, yet the country scored above the global averages for civil behavior according to the 2017 Civility, Safety and Interaction Online study issued by Microsoft.

The study examines the extent of negative behaviors and online interactions and their consequences encompassing 23 countries and 20 online risks (nine newly included countries, three added risks).

The purpose of the Civility, Safety and Interaction Online study seeks to raise awareness among teenagers, young adults, parents, teachers, and even political actors about real consequences of negative interactions online while promoting a healthy and positive environment on the Internet.

According to the study, 71% of Mexicans surveyed felt that they have been exposed to online risks such as harassment, cyberbullying, deceptions and frauds, and unsolicited messages.

The study lists 20 online risks which include cyberbullying, damage to personal reputation, damage to professional or work reputation, discrimination, hate speech, scams, frauds, misogyny, revenge pornography, and sexual solicitation, among others.

"It is urgent that we understand, as digital citizens, that network security is not exclusive to authorities or technology companies, but rather it is a co-responsibility among all the participants,” emphasized Jimena Mora, Intellectual Property and Digital Security Regional Director at Microsoft.

While Ulises Cabrera, Director of Windows and Digital Security for Microsoft Mexico, added that it is necessary to have modern, safe technologies and operating systems to prevent online risks. 

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