“Net neutrality” laws are on the rise worldwide.
Net neutrality is the principle that every website is shown on equal terms to others. When Internet providers can restrict or favor access to certain sites or apps (for profit) it can mean less choice for users and tough times for small websites. Laws to protect the open Web are needed.
More searches happen on Google than on all other search engines combined.
Google’s lead is largest on mobile phones, with a market share of 93.76%. The landscape is more diverse on desktops, but Google is basically how most people explore the Web. It gives the company an unmatched advantage in sales of online ads that present things to people based on personal interests.
Desktop search engine market share
Mobile/tablet search engine market share
Facebook has the most active users of any social network: 1.7 billion worldwide.
Networks like Facebook, WhatsApp and WeChat serve important social functions that people value highly. But they are largely closed gardens, controlled by a handful of companies that have outsize influence over what people see and do online.
Google Chrome dominates the browser market.
On desktop computers 62% use Chrome, followed by 15% using Firefox. On mobiles, Google Chrome and Apple’s Safari are leading. The browser is the central gateway to the Web, so it matters that there is competition and that there are options built around values like choice and transparency.
Desktop browser market share
Mobile/tablet browser market share