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How's Life in the Digital Age?

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

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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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How's life in the digital age in Chile?

Unfortunately, a large number of indicators of opportunities and risks of the digital transformation are missing for Chile, limiting a comprehensive assessment of impacts. Relative to other OECD countries, Chile faces high exposure to risks of the digital transformation and limited performance in terms of opportunities. Access to internet has increased substantially over the past decade, and is now above the OECD average at 87.5%. However, the variety of uses of the Internet is limited and the level of inequality of uses of the Internet is above the OECD average. One of the major areas where Chile lags behind is in the area of digital skills and education. Few students in Chile have access to digital resources at school and the share of people making use of online education is relatively low. The share of people using the Internet for finding and applying for jobs in Chile is higher than in other OECD countries, however. At the same time, Chile is exposed to a key risk in the area of employment as it faces a relatively high level of jobs at risk of automation. In addition, 43% of children make extreme use of the Internet, which is higher than in any other OECD country.

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