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.


New risks

The advent of the digital economy will see new risks emerging.

Among those there is the emerging digital divide, where citizens who do not have access to, or the ability to use, the new technologies, are side-lined from the mainstream.

Other issues revolve around the need to protect the large amount of personal and commercial data from unauthorized access. The issue of trust is absolutely central to the development of the digital economy, and the risk of a loss of trust in the storage of data would fundamentally challenge the development of the digital economy.

New ways to manage identity will need to be developed to provide the level of protection required. With the increase in the volume and potentially sensitive nature of the data collected, it is essential to gain trust and the consent to the use of data, whilst reducing the threat from cybercrime.

Social security programmes must adapt to the new forms of work, where the employer-employee relationship does not exist. In the absence of this bond, it becomes difficult to enforce compliance and ensure that appropriate coverage exists, contributions are paid and rights are accrued. While the scope of the issue is unknown, it could weaken the financial base of the scheme in the short term and add to social expenditure in the future.

Ten global challenges for social security

Media Monitor Media Monitor

14 March 2018 (24.02.2018) Exclusion can mean lack of access to food, jobs and education and the underprivileged bear the biggest brunt.

13 March 2018 ( 29.05.2017) Freelance has long been regarded as a dirty word. For years, the very idea of flying solo has struck fear into the minds of nine-to-five professionals, for whom survival is dependent on a full-time income and four weeks of annual forced-leave-at-Christmas benefits. But technology-fuelled digital disruption is starting to change the shape of the Australian workforce. The peer-to-peer (or sharing) economy — though still in its relative infancy — is one the fastest-growing models of employment across the globe and, thanks to P2P pioneers the likes of Upwork, Freelancer and Airtasker, Australians are increasingly joining the freelance revolution

11 March 2018 (01.2018) L'INRS a conduit un exercice de prospective afin d'identifier les conséquences en santé et sécurité au travail des évolutions possibles de la plateformisation (ubérisation) au cours des 10 prochaines années. Ce document en est la synthèse, il met en évidence un certain nombre de points de vigilance et de nouvelles opportunités en matière de prévention.

9 March 2018

sourcingjournalonline (08.03.2018) The Bangladeshi labor inspectorate has gone digital with the launch of a new Labour Inspection Management Application (LIMA). It marks a major move in improving the working conditions for all workers in industrial sectors in Bangladesh as, according to the country’s government, it will upgrade the collection, storage and analysis of data collected during labor inspections. The app was officially introduced this week by the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

9 March 2018

Netzwoche (07.03.2018) Das Swiss E-Health Barometer hat die Einführung des elektronischen Patientendossiers unter die Lupe genommen. Das Fazit: Die Ärzte zögern und die Bevölkerung verliert das Interesse am Thema. Hauptsorge ist der Datenschutz.   Alljährlich untersucht der Swiss E-Health Barometer, was die Gesundheitsbranche in Sachen Digitalisierung umtreibt. Ein Schwerpunkt der diesjährigen, mittlerweile 8. Umfrage: die Einführung des elektronischen Patientendossiers (EPD), die seit April 2017 im Gange ist.

5 March 2018

Les Echos (03.03.2018) La masse de données manipulées par le secteur médical offre d'innombrables perspectives d'exploitation pour améliorer la prise en charge individuelle des patients.

5 March 2018 (18.02.2018) Plus d’un milliard de personnes sont inscrites au programme indien Aadhaar, mais nombreux sont les oubliés du système.

5 March 2018

EurActiv (02.03.2018) Digitisation is on everyone’s lips and it will change the working world in the next couple of years. For employers, this poses a range of risks – but could also create some opportunities, as a recent analysis shows. EURACTIV Germany reports. Up to 60% of today’s jobs can potentially be replaced by computers or robots through digitisation, studies say. At the same time, numerous new jobs are being created in the digital industry. A development that, according to many experts, brings more serious upheavals than the industrial revolution of the 19th century.

2 March 2018

OECD (24.01.2018) Artificial intelligence (AI) must put people and planet first. Discussions on the ethical use of AI are essential on a global scale to guarantee widespread implementation and a transparent solution. A global convention on ethical AI that encompasses all is the most viable guarantee for human survival.


28 February 2018 (15.02.2018) The Kazakh Ministry of Labour and Social Protection will focus on formalising the self-employed workforce and continue digital transformation in the field in 2018, according to newly-appointed Minister Madina Abylkassymova.

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