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ITIF Silicon Valley Forum: Digital Quality of Life

In 2007, ITIF released the groundbreaking report Digital Prosperity: Understanding the Economic Benefits of the Information Technology Revolution that 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. Now ITIF is pleased to announce the release of a companion report, Digital Quality of Life: Understanding the Personal and Social Benefits of the Information Technology Revolution, that shows 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.

The report details how IT is at the heart of driving change and improvement in the following thirteen areas:

  • Education and Training
  • Health Care
  • Personal Safety
  • Accessibility for People with Disabilities
  • Recreation and Entertainment
  • Access to Information
  • Environment
  • Energy
  • Transportation
  • Public Safety
  • Government
  • Communities
  • Developing Nations

The report demonstrates how we are moving into a new and exciting stage of IT transformation where IT is “making the world alive with information” that will open up vast new opportunities for progress. To help policymakers understand how to best drive this progress for our nation’s future, the report lays out ten key policy principles.

Please join us on October 8, 2008 for a special event to release this report. Rob Atkinson, President, ITIF will provide a briefing on the report and policy recommendations. The event will also feature remarks from Chris Caine, Vice President, Governmental Programs, IBM and Robert Hoffman, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs, Oracle.

Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Place: Ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley, 2050 University Avenue, East Palo Alto, California

This will be a widely attended event. Light refreshments will be served.