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How does know-how influence well-being? Cisco and OECD will launch a world research to search out out.

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There’s a palpable combine of pleasure and warning surrounding this 12 months’s assembly in Davos. You don’t have to spend an excessive amount of time reflecting on immediately’s headlines to see that the speedy tempo of digital transformation deserves a world dialogue – on the highest ranges – on how actual folks expertise technological change.

Know-how is a transformative pressure for good. However there are dangers.

Know-how is remodeling our lives, altering the way in which we study, work, work together with others and get entry to all forms of companies. However amid the myriad advantages of digital applied sciences, there are potential dangers to well-being, the place these missing digital literacy—a mix of technical, emotional, and social expertise—fall behind. I’m inspired by the conversations I’ve had with leaders and policymakers assembled in Davos this week. It’s clear to me there’s an actual sense of shared duty in regards to the stakes concerned on this speedy reconfiguration of how society capabilities.

A rising tide lifts all ships.

Connecting thousands and thousands to the digital economic system is a activity that may’t be achieved alone. Technological advantages resembling improved entry to schooling and well being info are met with challenges resembling weakened social connectedness, persistent digital divides, the unfold of disinformation and rising threats to cybersecurity. We take the connection between the dangers and advantages of know-how critically. Our new partnership with the OECD Centre on Nicely-being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal Alternative (WISE) reveals how working collectively in new methods to prioritize our collective well-being may also help ship a wholesome, affluent, and secure digital life.

Becoming a member of forces with the OECD to check well-being within the digital age

Grounded within the OECD Nicely-being Framework and aligned to Cisco’s CDA pillars, our joint initiative will current present and rising OECD information and study the complicated nature of digital transformation through the Digital Nicely-Being Hub.

The hub may also characteristic an interactive platform to collect new statistics and folks’s insights on digital well-being, together with the influence of the digital divide and inequalities within the uptake and use of digital applied sciences.

The OECD has already executed loads of groundwork

The OECD WISE Centre Director Romina Boarini has already established the place to begin for our partnership. She notes, “The OECD has an extended custom of labor supporting coverage makers, serving to them higher perceive digital transformation and develop applicable insurance policies to assist form a constructive digital future. Our preliminary report, ‘How’s Life within the Digital Age,’ highlighted the advantages and challenges of digital transformation, from enhanced entry and productiveness to points just like the digital divide and private safety threats in folks’s on a regular basis life and office. Our partnership with Cisco helps us take the subsequent step in broadening what we all know concerning the interaction between know-how and life to counterpoint our understanding of well-being within the digital realm.”

“The OECD has an extended custom of labor supporting
coverage makers, serving to them higher perceive digital
transformation and develop applicable insurance policies
to assist form a constructive digital future.”

—Romina Boarini, OECD WISE Centre Director

Cisco gives connections and expertise to the partnership

Our aim is to attach extra folks to the digital economic system and foster digital inclusion throughout the globe. We‘re pushed by the idea that everybody, all over the place, no matter the place they arrive from or the place they’re immediately, deserve the chance to be related to the digital economic system, now and in years to come back.

From my place as Chief Innovation Officer, I see with my very own eyes, the way in which Cisco works with governments, business, schooling establishments, non-profits, and group leaders. Many years of expertise by way of our Nation Digital Acceleration and Networking Academy packages uniquely equips us to accomplice with organizations and communities to attach the unconnected and construct a extra inclusive future for all. This partnership faucets into Cisco and OECD’s experience in understanding and mitigating dangers, unlocking the worth of digitization to in the end enhance digital well-being, energy secure inclusive communities and resilient financial growth. We’re excited for the work forward.

The 12 months forward

The partnership will launch its ‘Digital Nicely-being Hub’ within the second half of 2024. In November, we’ll take part within the OECD’s World Discussion board on Nicely-being the place we’ll be a part of conversations addressing the worth of well-being approaches for bettering data, efficiency and cooperation throughout the general public, non-public and civil sectors in a context of societal change.

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