Understanding the Personal
& Social Benefits of the
Information Technology Revolution
Robert D. Atkinson & Daniel D. Castro
Digital Quality of Life
The authors would like to thank the following individuals for providing input to the report: David K. Aylward, Peter
Black, Shawn DuBravac, Jay Camdus, Dan Chenok, John Kamensky, Mary McCain, James Cortada, Angela Mickalide,
Dawn Morehouse, Jon Peha, Karen Peltz Strauss, Valerie Rickman, Robert G. Rogers, Ken Salaets, Wayne Schroeder and
Paul Taylor. In addition, we would like to thank ITIF staff Ameya Ananth, Stephen Ezell and Torey Liepa. Any errors or
omissions are the authors’ alone.
About the Authors
Dr. Robert D. Atkinson is President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
Daniel D. Castro is a Senior Analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
Scott M. Andes is a Research Assistant at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
Daniel K. Correa is a former Research Analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
Geoff Daily is the editor of App-Rising.com.
Jonathan L. Gifford is a professor in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University.
Julie A. Hedlund is a former Senior Analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
About the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
ITIF is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy think tank committed to articulating and advancing a pro-productivity,
pro-innovation and pro-technology public policy agenda internationally, in Washington DC and the states. Recogniz-
ing the vital role of technology in ensuring American prosperity, ITIF focuses on innovation, productivity, and digital
Technological innovation, particularly in information technology, is at the heart of America’s growing economic pros-
perity. Crafting effective policies that boost innovation and encourage the widespread “digitization” of the economy is
critical to ensuring r