On 22nd September 2010, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT launched the landmark report - Information Dividend: Why IT makes you 'happier'.
Two webinars were broadcast on 29 September to dive deeper into two important elements of the report.
- The digital 'gender divide' - women gain more from IT access and use than men
- What are the social benefits of technology and how can these be measured? Some of the world's poorest nations are the most successful at enabling their citizens to derive happiness from IT access and use
Webinar 1: The digital 'gender divide'
This webinar discussed in depth the women's story within the report. A number of key findings emerged from the report, including the existence of a 'digital gender divide'. Women gain more than men from access to and usage of technology. This is especially true for women in developing nations.
Women in Britain also gain greater increased life satisfaction than men from the use of IT. The social contact facilitated by IT seems particularly important to women in the UK.
How can technology access accelerate female emancipation, economic progress or other important areas? What does this insight mean for tackling the issue of digital exclusion in the UK? How can technology be used to empower women and catalyse economic progress?
Webinar 2: What are the social benefits of technology and how can these be measured? (International story)
The Information Dividend report also found that some of the poorest countries do best when enabling their citizens to derive happiness from access to and use of IT. The International Well-being index placed Zambia in poll position when the list was recalibrated to strip out GDP, suggesting that other factors such as policy must be at play. The UK came 11th in the revised list; a fair position when compared to neighbouring France and Germany, but still with some room for improvement. But what do the findings of the Index mean? Some of the most satisfied respondents come from some of the poorest countries. Why is this and how can the social benefits of access be measured globally?