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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 Israel?

Unfortunately, data limitations prevent a comprehensive analysis of the opportunities and risks of the digital transformation in Israel. Available indicators suggest that Israel’s performance in opportunities and risks is relatively mixed. Israel stands out in employment in information industries, with the highest share recorded across the OECD. Despite this, the labour market returns to ICT tasks are very low. In addition, both Internet access and use of the Internet are slightly below the OECD average: 75% of households in Israel have a broadband Internet connection, compared to an average of 78%. In schools, too, the availability of digital resources is below the OECD average, with 55% of students reporting having access and using Internet connected school computers. Israel performs relatively well in the area of social connections, with 74% of people using online social networking sites, and less than average rates of children exposed to cyberbullying.

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