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.

Figure 4.19. The digital well-being wheel in Korea

Note: This wheel depicts Korea’s relative performance in terms of key opportunities and risks in the context of the digital transformation. The centre of the wheel corresponds to the lowest outcome observed across all OECD countries, while the outer circle corresponds to the highest outcome. For opportunities (in dark blue) longer bars indicate better outcomes, whereas for risks (in yellow), longer bars indicate worse outcomes. If data are missing for any given indicator, the relevant segment of the circle is shaded in white.


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