Very interesting in the Christmas Edition of the Oxford Internet Institute Newsletter is the release of new Surveys on their website.
The World Internet Project marks the first time that a worldwide partnership of research institutions has compiled survey data on the behaviour and views of Internet users and non-users. The OII has been the UK partner in the WIP since 2003, with data contributed from our OxIS surveys.
But even more interesting for me, concerning academic backup for the idea behind openideas.at, is the report of Bernie Hogan:
The report finds that Internet users are at least as socially engaged as non-users. They have large networks and frequent interactions with friends and family, although they tend to spend somewhat less in-person time and, of course, more time online. An appreciable number of Internet users are civically and politically engaged, using the Internet to find out about opportunities and make contact with others.
Sounds good to me =)