OECD: How's Life in the Digital Age?

23 March, 2019

This OECD report looks interesting and is free to read online. A substantial section is on the topic 'Safe digital technologies improve the life of those who have the skills to use them', but unfortunately I am unable to cut and paste sections for discussion here on HIFA because the report is only available as an image file. As a general comment I would like to call for such reports to be always available in html, pdf or other format that allows search and cut/paste.

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How's Life in the Digital Age?

Opportunities and Risks of the Digital Transformation for People's Well-being

Published on February 26, 2019

This report documents how the ongoing digital transformation is affecting people’s lives across the 11 key dimensions that make up the How’s Life? Well-being Framework (Income and wealth, Jobs and earnings, Housing, Health status, Education and skills, Work-life balance, Civic engagement and governance, Social connections, Environmental quality, Personal security, and Subjective well-being). A summary of existing studies highlights 39 key impacts of the digital transformation on people’s well-being. The review shows that these impacts can be positive as digital technologies expand the boundaries of information availability and enhance human productivity, but can also imply risks for people’s well-being, ranging from cyber-bullying to the emergence of disinformation or cyber-hacking. In sum, making digitalisation work for people’s well-being would require building equal digital opportunities, widespread digital literacy and strong digital security. Continued research and efforts in improving statistical frameworks will be needed to expand our knowledge on the many topics covered in this report.

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Best wishes,Neil

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