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.

 

Labour market transformation

The digital economy is already having profound impact on the labour market and will have a major influence on the future of work over the next decades.

While it will provide new opportunities for some people, it will pose challenges for others because of technology’s potential to replace work. Highly-routine and manual jobs are being challenged by artificial intelligence and automation. Meanwhile, the demand for high-skilled workers and non-routine jobs will further increase.

The need for low-skilled non-routine jobs such as carers that are difficult to automate will grow in the future in line with the ageing of the population. New forms of work have emerged and allow many to contribute to the economy through teleworking and new digital platforms.

This fast changing environment opens up extraordinary opportunities, yet raises questions about wages, labour rights and access to social security for the workers involved. Discussions have started about social contributions from robots, creating new categories of workers for platform based workers, and the changing nature of work, all of which will need to be resolved in the future.

Social security administrators and policy makers need to anticipate and adapt to the future to make social security programmes efficient, relevant and sustainable.

These issues are increasingly high on the agenda of many national governments as well as international organizations. As the platform of exchange for social security administrations throughout the world, ISSA has its unique niche in the search for innovative solutions.

Ten global challenges for social security

Media Monitor Media Monitor

30 April 2020

opengovasia.com (29.04.2020) 20,000 common service centres will offer an Aadhaar updating service, catering to a large number of citizens in rural parts of the country.

21 April 2020

The Economic Times (20.004.2020) The government has fast-tracked its plan to provide social security for gig economy workers and those in the unorganised sectors, anticipating a significant increase in their numbers as unemployment soars due to the Covid-19 crisis.

26 March 2020

Financial Times (25.03.2020) Disruptions caused by coronavirus have exposed the gaps in the welfare system

26 March 2020

Eurofound (19.03.2020) The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is starting to have a serious impact on the world economy. The consequences for platform workers are especially severe in light of forced work stoppages due to self-isolation and lack of sick pay in many cases. Recent media coverage shows that platform workers in the transport sector (ride hailing and food delivery) are most affected, while professional services performed online (such as remote consultations with health professionals) could help to reduce the pressure on health systems.

20 February 2020

EURACTIV.com (19.02.2020) Artificial Intelligence technologies carrying a high-risk of abuse that could potentially lead to an erosion of fundamental rights will be subjected to a series of new requirements, the European Commission announced on Wednesday (19 February).

14 February 2020

businessmirror.com.ph (13.02.2020) AS the country’s so-called gig economy industry continues to rise, lawmakers are pushing for measures to protect freelance workers by establishing a basic regulatory framework to enable them to anticipate challenges ahead.

3 February 2020

The Local (30.01.2020) Companies are increasingly outsourcing services, and as a result the number of self-employed workers in Germany has risen sharply. Many are learning that working one job is just not enough.

29 October 2019

Biometric Update (18.10.2019) The potential of biometric ID systems for abuse in some countries is a major threat to individuals, and current practices risk the world “stumbling zombie-like into a digital welfare dystopia,” according UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston.

25 October 2019

World Economic Forum (23.09.2019) Debates about the gig economy tend to focus on transportation network companies (TNCs) and other locally provided services. Less discussed but of growing importance in the world of work are cross-border, web-based, digital labour platforms.

22 October 2019

The Guardian (14.10.2019) In an exclusive global series, the Guardian lays bare the tech revolution transforming the welfare system worldwide – while penalising the most vulnerable

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