How’s life in the digital age in Austria?

In general, Austria is moderately exposed to both the opportunities and risks of the digital transformation, compared to other OECD countries. People in Austria have high rates of access to broadband Internet and make use of a wide variety of online activities (7 out of a list of 10 online activities are used by more than 50% of the population). The inequality of uses of the Internet is a bit below the OECD average, meaning that the benefit from internet uses is fairly widespread across the population. In addition, the availability of digital resources at school is high, and people in Austria have relatively high levels of digital skills. On the other hand, few people in Austria make use of online education, with only 5% of people having followed an online course in the last 3 months. The level of online consumption as well as that of open government stand above the average while the level of employment in ICT is below the average. Finally, the scores of opportunity (digital social networking) and risk (children experiencing cyberbullying) from the social connection domain are below the average.

Figure 4.2. The digital well-being wheel in Austria

Note: This wheel depicts Austria’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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