By Camille Tuutti // November 25, 2014
Know what net neutrality means and understand the differences between the Internet and World Wide Web? Then you have a better grip of certain technology concepts than many Americans, according to a new poll.
Pew Research Center’s new survey of U.S. Internet users’ knowledge of digital technology and its concepts, history, leaders and applications reveals varying levels of awareness.
While most Americans are able to correctly identify certain tech leaders, they are less likely to be familiar with policy-related concepts or other modern technological innovations, according to the Web IQ Quiz.
Just over a fifth of Internet users are aware “the Internet” and “the World Wide Web” are not the same thing. Fewer than half of respondents understand a company’s privacy statement does not necessarily means it keeps confidential the data it collects on users.
Another hot policy topic, net neutrality, was a head-scratcher for many. Sixty-one percent of respondents knew it means equal treatment of digital content by Internet service providers, but nearly one-third guessed wrong and another 9 percent did not answer the question.
Only 34 percent of respondents knew Moore’s Law refers to the number of transistors on a computer chip.
Respondents were ...