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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 Korea?

A number of indicators of the digital well-being wheel are missing for Korea, particularly in the dimensions of Governance and Civic Engagement and Work-Life Balance. Korea has the highest level of broadband Internet access in the OECD (99.5%). A large variety of Internet activities are used by a majority of the population and these uses are evenly distributed across the population, relative to other OECD countries. Korea also boasts a relatively high share of jobs in information industries. In Korea, 10.4% of jobs are at high risk of automation, which is just below the OECD average. In comparison with other OECD countries, Korea produces a small amount of electronic waste. Key risks of the digital transformation for Korea are in the dimension of security, with 6% of Koreans having experienced an incident of privacy abuse online, the highest share inside the OECD. Furthermore, relatively few Korean students have access to digital resources at school, and a comparatively high share of teachers report lacking sufficient ICT skills to use such resources.

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