IEEE Internet Computing, March/April 2009, pp. 69–73

Ten Ideas for Policymakers to Drive Digital Progress

Ten Ideas for Policymakers to Drive Digital Progress

by Daniel Castro and Rob Atkinson

In 2008, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) released the report "Digital Quality of Life: Understanding the Personal and Social Benefits of the Information Technology Revolution," which shows how information technology (IT) is the key enabler of many, if not most, of the major innovations and improvements in our lives and society. The report explores how today's IT is transforming virtually every area of life for individuals and society—from education and healthcare to energy and public safety. Many of these transformations will be familiar to casual technology observers, such as the increase in telework and online learning, whereas other changes have only appeared in the past few years, such as rapid-learning health networks and intelligent transportation systems. Perhaps what is most revealing isn't the impact of any particular technology or innovation but rather the combined effect of all this technology on our daily lives.

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