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Media freedom and the new challenges

Here in Jamaica, what are seeing? 38 per cent of Jamaicans use the Internet at least once per day. This, according to an islandwide survey, conducted by Professor Hopeton Dunn of the Mona School of Business's Telecommunications Policy Management Programme

between November 2010 and January 2011.

The study surveyed 2,200 Jamaican households and individuals. Almost 16 per cent of the respondents had access to the Internet at home. This is not to be confused with the finding that only 24 per cent of the Jamaican population has access to a computer at home.

However, the troubling story behind the findings of Dunn lies not only in the relatively low levels of Internet penetration, but in the pattern of use of arguably the greatest invention for centuries. The most popular uses of the Internet were for sending and receiving e-mail, which 77 per cent reported doing in the past 12 months.

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