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Where do you stand in the Net neutrality debate?

Posted December 4, 2017 through December 11, 2017 (359 Votes)
The FCC's plans to roll back the Net neutrality rules will be good for business.
6.69%
The Internet is an essential utility, and all users should get equal access.
74.09%
I oppose Net neutrality because I have conservative views.
1.95%
I favor Net neutrality because I have liberal views.
3.90%
The controversy is overblown -- the Internet will be fine either way.
5.01%
I have no idea what Net neutrality means to me personally.
8.36%


Is a robot pet in your future?

Posted November 27, 2017 through December 4, 2017 (316 Votes)
Yes -- they're great pet substitutes without the responsibilities.
10.13%
No -- they're ridiculously expensive toys.
27.85%
Yes -- as a security guard dog.
5.70%
No -- a machine that could protect me could malfunction and turn on me.
14.24%
Yes -- if it can serve as a household companion/helper.
14.87%
No -- they're creepy.
27.22%


What effect is social media having on the current discussion of sexual misconduct?

Posted November 20, 2017 through November 27, 2017 (151 Votes)
It's enabling many more people to engage in serious discussions.
9.93%
It's functioning mostly as an echo chamber.
31.13%
It's giving everyone a voice.
11.92%
It's creating much more divisiveness.
13.25%
It's enabling a cultural re-education.
11.92%
It's making my news feed so unpleasant I'm staying away.
21.85%


Which form of smartphone security do you rely on most?

Posted November 13, 2017 through November 20, 2017 (315 Votes)
Face ID or Fingerprint
34.92%
Strong Password
29.84%
App Locks
2.86%
Storage Encryption
9.84%
VPN with Public WiFi
5.40%
I don't use any smartphone security tech.
17.14%


Which method of communication do you consider most important?

Posted November 6, 2017 through November 13, 2017 (285 Votes)
voice calls
34.39%
video calls
6.67%
snail mail
2.11%
email
25.26%
text messages
21.75%
online chat
9.82%


Would you allow Amazon drivers to access your home using an electronic door lock with automatic video recording of each delivery?

Posted October 30, 2017 through November 6, 2017 (342 Votes)
Yes -- it would be much safer than leaving my packages outside.
11.40%
Maybe -- I like the idea, but I have some concerns.
15.20%
Probably not -- there would be too many pet issues.
7.31%
No -- but If I shopped more at Amazon I might consider it.
4.09%
Never -- I'm not willing to take the privacy or security risks.
61.99%


Which of these tech companies has the greatest *negative* impact on society?

Posted October 23, 2017 through October 30, 2017 (548 Votes)
Amazon
5.66%
Apple
12.96%
Facebook
47.81%
Google
6.57%
IBM
3.10%
Microsoft
6.57%
Twitter
17.34%


Which of these tech companies has the greatest *positive* impact on society?

Posted October 16, 2017 through October 23, 2017 (438 Votes)
Amazon
15.75%
Apple
10.05%
Facebook
4.11%
Google
41.78%
IBM
14.84%
Microsoft
11.42%
Twitter
2.05%


Which of the following is most vulnerable to cybersecurity threats?

Posted October 9, 2017 through October 16, 2017 (356 Votes)
Linux and open source -- there's no unified defense.
4.21%
Windows -- it's still the biggest malware target.
26.40%
The Internet of Things -- manufacturers neglect security.
32.58%
Mobile apps -- there's too little vetting.
6.46%
Social networks -- they're very easily exploited.
12.64%
Email -- too many consumers still fall for phishing gambits.
17.70%


What are the best uses of smart home speakers like Amazon's Echo and Google's Home?

Posted October 2, 2017 through October 9, 2017 (93 Votes)
Answering questions through artificial intelligence software.
35.48%
Streaming music or video content.
34.41%
Managing other smart home technologies, like lights.
15.05%
Maintaining shopping and to do lists.
2.15%
Setting timers, reminders and alarms.
9.68%
Ordering takeout, transportation or products.
1.08%
Communicating with family and friends.
2.15%


How concerned are you that Russia could use Facebook to influence future U.S. elections?

Posted September 25, 2017 through October 2, 2017 (311 Votes)
Very -- its use of Facebook clearly influenced the 2016 election.
27.65%
Very -- its FB use probably didn't affect 2016, but Russia will try harder next time.
4.18%
Somewhat -- but I'm more concerned about Russian interference outside of Facebook.
17.04%
Not much -- Facebook will protect its users from future Russian ploys.
3.22%
Not at all -- Russia's attempts to interfere with U.S. elections are fake news.
35.69%
Not at all -- I hate politics, don't vote, and this issue doesn't concern me.
12.22%


What do you think of Apple's new iPhones?

Posted September 18, 2017 through September 25, 2017 (603 Votes)
I plan to buy an iPhone X.
11.61%
I plan to buy an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus.
2.99%
With the X, the iPhone 8 models already seem inferior.
3.65%
Any of the new iPhones is better than any other phone.
2.49%
No phone is worth $1K to me.
41.13%
I'd never buy an iPhone, regardless of price.
38.14%


How helpful are the credit protection services companies like Equifax offer following a data breach?

Posted September 11, 2017 through September 18, 2017 (130 Votes)
I've used them and they've helped substantially.
0.77%
I've used them and been victimized anyway.
0.00%
I've used them but I don't know if they make a difference.
10.00%
I think they're a good idea but I haven't used them.
7.69%
Companies should offer them routinely -- not just after a breach.
16.15%
They're just a PR ploy to make it seem companies care.
65.38%


Which best describes your opinion of customer service chatbots?

Posted September 4, 2017 through September 11, 2017 (120 Votes)
The convenience they provide to communicate with a website operator is magnificent.
6.67%
They are acceptable only if I can initiate the chat session. I don't like being prompted to chat.
28.33%
I like the concept but the technology is inconsistent and needs further development.
19.17%
Chatbots are impersonal and annoying.
45.83%


Under what payment terms are you most likely to try a new online product or service?

Posted August 28, 2017 through September 4, 2017 (156 Votes)
I will pay upfront if I see value in the product or service offerings, have confidence in the website, and can cancel any time.
16.03%
I will register my payment information in return for a limited-time free trial of all the product or service offerings.
8.33%
I will try the basic features of a product or service on a "freemium" basis, and pay for full functionality later if I like it.
75.64%

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