Leveraging ICTs for Better Lives: The Introduction of an Index on Digital Life

11 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2016

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Fiona Sussan

School of Advanced Studies, University of Phoenix

Erkko Autio

Imperial College Business School; Tilburg University School of Economics and Management

Juraj Kosturik

Telefónica

Date Written: November 30, 2016

Abstract

Digitalization has revolutionized the way we live. eGovernment (e.g., pay fishing license online), mTransportation (e.g., train schedule online), eEducation (e.g., MOOC courses), Facebook, Uber, are just some of the examples of how our daily lives have been transformed with digitalization. Based on the “Internet-for-all” philosophical underpinning, we suggest that the impact of digitalization must be investigated at a societal level. We posit that a successful digitalization picture of a society must include an evaluation of the capabilities and welfare of its people as a result of digitalization, not just the measurement of the success of its economy. A conceptual framework, labelled Digital Life, is developed to depict Digital Openness, Digital Confidence, and Digital Entrepreneurship. Digital Life thus has components that address government, markets, institutions, individuals, and businesses. Using comparable data for 34 countries, we constructed a composite index on Digital Life. The results of the index have policy implications.

Keywords: Digital Privacy, Digital Skills, Digital Adoption, Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, Latin America

JEL Classification: L86

Suggested Citation

Sussan, Fiona and Autio, Erkko and Kosturik, Juraj, Leveraging ICTs for Better Lives: The Introduction of an Index on Digital Life (November 30, 2016). CPRLATAM Conference, Mexico, June 22-23rd, 2016 in conjunction with CLT2016, June 20-23rd, 2016 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2877572 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2877572

Fiona Sussan (Contact Author)

School of Advanced Studies, University of Phoenix ( email )

Erkko Autio

Imperial College Business School ( email )

South Kensington Campus
Exhibition Road
London SW7 2AZ, SW7 2AZ
United Kingdom
+447786226452 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/erkko.autio

Tilburg University School of Economics and Management ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

Juraj Kosturik

Telefónica ( email )

Distrito C - Edificio Oeste 2, planta 1ª
Avda. Ronda de la Comunicación s/n
Madrid, Madrid E-28050
Spain

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