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Digital Life in the Americas

Telefónica was in Washington last month to share the findings from the Index on Digital Life with global policy makers and stakeholders at two landmark events, Telefonica representatives used both events to inform the debate on digital leadership and data transparency and generate discussion on the role of digital in generating growth and trust in a country. ‘Digital Life in the Americas: growth and sustainability’ – The Council of the …Read more

POLITICO 2nd Annual Data Summit

This month, Telefónica presented POLITICO’s Annual Data Summit, bringing together 181 senior EU and national policymakers with business executives and other stakeholders, The summit set the scene for a frank debate, titled ‘Harnessing the Power of the Digital Revolution’, which tackled how to make the most of the digital revolution across the world. Speakers included European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip and Counselor, Delegated Duties of …Read more

Telefónica celebrates its sixth year at WIRED

Over 950 people attended WIRED’s annual two-day conference this month. We’re proud to partner with WIRED for the sixth year in a row. Designed to stimulate debate, spread ideas and showcase the future, the WIRED conference truly is the UK’s landmark event for digital innovation and development. The theme of WIRED2016 was ‘bringing the WIRED world to life’. Among the high-calibre speakers were Peter Poit, a microbiologist and co-discoverer of …Read more


The importance of Latin America to Telefónica cannot be overstated. More than 70% of Telefonica’s 320 million customers live in Latin America. For 20 years, Telefónica has been the leading foreign investor in Latin America. ANDICOM 2016, which took place in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia early this month, provided an opportunity for Telefónica to restate its commitment and open up conversations about the progress of digital life and development across …Read more

Digital Life in Latin American Cities – Miami, June 2016

At the end of last month, the 2016 Strategic Innovation Symposium took place in Miami, with this year’s focus on the “Digital Life in Latin American Cities”. The event was the next in Telefonica’s series that saw discussion and debate over issues raised by the Index on Digital Life. With an audience of influencers and leading global thinkers packed into the InterContinental in Miami, the two days of discussion spanned policy improvements …Read more

Review of POLITICO Berlin

In the days after the launch of the Index on Digital Life, Telefonica joined forces with POLITICO to host a leading event in Berlin for the first exclusive discussion on the impact of the Index findings. In front of an engaged audience, Telefonica Germany’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Valentina Daiber, and the Index’s lead author, Professor Erkko Autio from Imperial College, took to the stage to discuss the barriers and opportunities presented …Read more

How the Digital Economy is driving meaningful social change

As technology becomes more integrated into our everyday lives it is having a prolific impact on the growth of economies around the world. At a socio-economic level, it is estimated that digitalisation has the potential to increase GDP per capita growth rates by 40%. The creation of 1.56million jobs and an estimated turnover of the digital tech industries reaching £161billion in the UK alone in 2014, means that we can …Read more

Digital Life is Life Itself: a new way to view the digital world

By José María Álvarez-Pallete López, Executive Chairman, Telefónica S.A. Digital life is life itself, and technology has now become an essential part of being what it means to be human. More people in the world have access to a smartphone than they do running water, which is a phenomenal reality. Regardless of whether or not you own a device yourself, mobile technology has become all-pervasive. Digitisation fuels global healthcare services …Read more

Telefónica’s Index on Digital Life: a first approach to measure a Country’s Digital Progress

By Carlos Lopez-Blanco This month Telefónica launched the Telefónica Index on Digital Life, the most comprehensive Global Index on Digital Life ever developed. The Index measures how different countries and their citizens are progressing towards a Digital Economy and a Digital Society, which can be referred to jointly as Digital Life. The Index specifically explores this progression, in 34 countries worldwide, through three sub indexes: DIGITAL OPENNESS: How openly infrastructure …Read more

Rethinking how we understand the digital economy

Telefónica’s new assessment of global prosperity looks to reframe the way digital development is measured across the world In 2016, the number of people connected to the internet is expected to exceed 3 billion. As the opportunities surrounding the digital world grow, the term “digital economy” has become ubiquitous; a catch-all to discuss many aspects of digital life, from the rise of mobile commerce to the prosperity of a particular region. …Read more

Why looking at Digital Life has kept me interested for 20 years

By Erkko Autio, Research Director, Professor of Technology Venturing, Imperial College Business School I have been studying Digital Life, in one form or another, for more than 20 years. Before I go on about why I find it so fascinating, and why I was so eager to partner with Telefonica to create its Index on Digital Life, I’ll first provide a few necessary definitions. To understand Digital Life, we first need …Read more

Telefónica’s Index on Digital Life: what the findings show

In June 2016, Telefónica released the most comprehensive ‘Index on Digital Life’ ever developed, ranking 34 countries worldwide on the quality of their digital ecosystem. Developed over a course of a year in partnership with world leading scholars from London’s Imperial Business School, George Mason University and the University of Pécs, the Index challenges the traditional overreliance on infrastructure development when measuring the impact of the digital economy. Instead, it …Read more

The Next Web Talks

This month Telefonica’s Head of Social Innovation, Helen Parker, presented key findings from Telefonica Index on Digital Life at the 11th annual TNW Conference in Amsterdam. This conference gathered together the world’s top technology leaders, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. You can watch a recap of the conference here: https://thenextweb.com/conference/europe/

Two-thirds of Gen Y-ers Confident They Can Impact Their Local Worlds

This piece has been written by Shivvy Jervis, Head of Digital Media for Telefonica. You can find her on Twitter and The Huffington Post. A fresh update to the largest-ever survey of more than 6,700 Millennials across Latin America, the United States and Western Europe has found that today’s 18-30 year olds are strikingly optimistic about their prospects for the future. I find this heartening, given most Gen Y-ers are having to …Read more

Environmental Neglect: Who’s Responsible Anyway?

By Clare Coughlan, Telefonica UK Recent Millennial Survey shows neither Governments nor individuals taking responsibility for leading environmental change. Is there a third option? Everyone has a responsibility to leave the planet in a better state than when they found it (or at least not to leave it any worse). But the reality is that as individuals, we can’t see the impact we’re making, and we probably don’t trust anyone else …Read more

What are the motivations fuelling the global millennial migration?

By Vendula Peckova, Telefonica Millennial Leader Travelling the world today is an increasingly simple process. Within a few clicks you could find yourself staring at a multi-stop ticket spanning several continents all for under a month’s salary. Trips are also tailored depending on your motivation, so whether it’s a gap year, sabbatical or work visa you require, there’s an experience somewhere to match. For those travelling the world, there’s usually …Read more