Digital economy

Digital Economy and Social Security Observatory

The Digital Economy will profoundly transform our daily life, how we work and how we live.

The Observatory will provide ISSA members with an understanding of the opportunities and the challenges it will present to social security administrations.

It will look at this transformation from two angles: the changing environment in which social security institutions evolve and how Social Security institutions themselves will be impacted and can respond to these challenges.


Economic impact

The increasing impact of the digital economy will likely see changes in capital versus labour market share, changes in job organisation, economic transformation and focus on new industries.

Whilst job losses are likely in some industries, this may have an impact on competiveness and productivity meaning a slowdown in delocalisation and more competitive developed economies.

Therefore the same industries may lose certain types of jobs but gain others. Countries’ industrial strategies are likely to change to greater focus on value added industries and those that respond to the challenges of this century, most notably climate change and the scarcity of natural resources.

Unemployment systems are likely to have to adapt to provide a more holistic approach taking into account partial employment, flexible work and individuals having numerous careers.

The financing of social security will need to be rethought in the context of this transformation including current and future ideas to adapt to these changes, such as basic income , flat rate fixed benefits and the taxation of different means of production.

Whilst social security systems will continue to meet life cycle needs, institutions will increasingly act as a catalyst and support to these changes and at the same time take policy decision to ensure sustainability and the payment of adequate benefits.

Ten global challenges for social security

Media Monitor Media Monitor

7 December 2017

Crónicas (24.02.2017) Desde el Poder Ejecutivo se anunció la firma de un Decreto que pretenderá la formalización de los trabajadores de plataformas digitales de transporte. Mediante el mismo, se buscará establecer el régimen de tributación, así como de aportes a la seguridad social. A continuación analizaremos lo que implicaría la promulgación del Decreto, y las repercusiones que el anuncio ha generado en los distintos actores.


4 December 2017 (29.11.2017) Up to 800 million global workers will lose their jobs by 2030 and be replaced by robotic automation, a new report from a consultancy has found.

4 December 2017

lejdd (03.12.2017) Alors que l'Union européenne peine à définir une logique sanitaire unique, les nouvelles technologies pourraient révolutionner les systèmes de santé.   La santé est un capital qui doit être préservé. Mais les 28 ont des logiques sanitaires très différentes. "La santé publique relève de chaque Etat. La gouvernance, les outils, les modes de financement, l'organisation des soins dépendent fortement des pays, détaille Pascal Roché, directeur général de Ramsay Générale de Santé. Nous sommes dans le troisième programme de santé 2014-2020, doté de 450 millions d'euros sur six ans. Or nos dépenses annuelles de santé atteignent 250 milliards, l'Europe joue donc un rôle mineur et se réveille sur le dialogue et la coopération quand il y a des problèmes."

29 November 2017 (28.11.2017) L’Assurance-maladie a mis en ligne et en open data une base de données pléthorique éclairant la consommation de médicaments des Français.

28 November 2017

The Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) (01/05/2017) This publication is a contribution to the debate in the Netherlands concerning the future of the labour market.

24 November 2017

The Tribune (24.11.2017) Jobs are being created across the 19-country eurozone at a pace not seen since the turn of the millennium thanks to stronger economic growth, particularly in a resurgent France, according to a closely watched survey Thursday. In another sign that a robust economic recovery across the single currency bloc is gathering momentum, financial information company IHS Markit said its purchasing managers' index — a broad gauge of business activity across manufacturing and services — rose to 57.5 points in November from 56 the previous month.


22 November 2017

OpenGovAsia (28.10.2017) Over 1.1 billion people in the world, which is nearly 1 in 7 individuals, are unable to prove their identity.

20 November 2017

The Government is being urged to close loopholes around the treatment of self-employed workers following intense scrutiny of gig-economy companies such as Deliveroo and Uber. A joint draft bill from the Work and Pensions and Business Committees has argued that there should be a new “worker by default” status, which requires companies to provide basic standards and benefits.

17 November 2017 (10.11.2017) The future of work is a prime interest of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, started in 2013 by researchers Erik Brynjolfsson and Andy McAfee. To help come up answers to questions about the impact of automation on jobs and the effects of digital innovation, the group launched the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge last year, inviting organizations around the world to compete in the realm of improving the economic opportunities of middle- and base-level workers.

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