Canadians identify security and cost issues as the top challenges facing Internet use in Canada, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) says in a new report. A CIRA-commissioned national telephone survey, conducted by Nanos Research between Aug. 29 and Sept. 1, polled 1,210 Canadians about the challenges and opportunities “for the success of the Internet in Canada” as well as obstacles faced by individual Internet users and the personal benefits of being online. In all, 40.1 per cent of respondents could not identify challenges the Internet is facing in Canada while 49.2 per cent could not identify opportunities for success. Of those who answered, 10.7 per cent said security was the number one challenge the Internet faces, followed by 9.7 per cent who said cited accessibility issues and 7.1 per cent who cited costs. Better access and costs were also cited as the Internet’s top opportunities for success in Canada by 9.2 per cent of respondents, followed by access to a wealth of information (5.2 per cent), improved communications (5 per cent), business and marketing opportunities (4.9 per cent) and education (3.8 per cent). In terms of individual Internet users, 31.9 per cent of respondents said they did not identify any obstacles to day-to-day Internet usage while 17.5 per cent said there were no obstacles. Just over 9 per cent of respondents cited a lack of digital literacy as the most frequent obstacle to daily Internet use, followed closely by Internet connection speeds, at 6.6 per cent. Thirty-two per cent of respondents said access to information was the greatest benefit for Canadian Internet users, followed by 16.8 per cent who cited communications and 8.1 per cent who cited education and research.