The Czech Statistical Office has issued a comprehensive document assessing the progress of the Czech Republic after 15 years of EU membership. Among other things, there is also a section on the use of digital technology, which has caught our attention irrespective of the EU context. It shows how the influence of computers and the Internet has shifted into the daily lives of people in the Czech Republic over the past 15 years.
In 2004, the Internet was not as commonplace as it is today. So it is no wonder that only about one fifth of households had an internet connection. Today, after 15 years, it is already 86% of households . But it is still slightly below the European average.
The number of people who have never used a computer has also been drastically reduced. There are currently 11% of these in the Czech Republic. Data from 15 years ago are not to this, the research took place in 2007, three years later, and it was the computer of the immaculate Czechs still 38%.
Computers and the Internet are also penetrating business. There, while growth is slower, every second employee is using a computer at work . But there is room for growth, even in ever-evolving areas such as digital marketing - the latest data from 2017, a research conducted two years ago, reveals that only 16% of companies used some software tools to analyze client information for marketing purposes.
And how is our e-government doing? 53% of the population has already communicated electronically with the authorities, which is a European above average. But it also includes communication via websites or e-mails. However, we still have a lot to catch up with as regards the complexity of public services and their availability over the Internet.
For example, we are still far behind the European average in terms of filling in the necessary forms and sending them to the office electronically. The Nordic countries, but also the Netherlands and France, are more than twice as good.