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Special Report

Digital Quality of Life: Understanding the Personal and Social Benefits of the Information Technology Revolution

By Robert D. Atkinson and Daniel D. Castro
October 01, 2008

Digital Quality of Life In the new global economy information technology (IT) is the major driver of both economic growth and improved quality of life. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) in its 2007 report Digital Prosperity: Understanding the Economic Benefits of the Information Technology Revolution documented how IT, since the mid-1990s, has been the principal driver of increased economic growth not only in the United States but also in many other nations. However, IT is also at the core of dramatic improvements in the quality of life for individuals around the world. In our new report, we show how IT is the key enabler of many, if not most, of today’s key innovations and improvements in our lives and society—from better education and health care, to a cleaner and more energy-efficient environment, to safer and more secure communities and nations.

Click here to download a complete copy of the report (PDF).

Click here to download the executive summary (PDF).

Table of Contents

Part I – The Digital Information Revolution

Part II – Improving the Lives of Individuals

Part III – Improving our World

Part IV – Challenges Moving Forward

Related Links

ITIF Forum: Understanding Our Digital Quality of Life with Special Guest Craig Mundie
October 2, 2008

Green IT: How Information Technology is Transforming How We Use and Produce Energy
November 17, 2008