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

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17 September 2019

The New York Times (15.09.2019) Companies like Uber are hitting the turbulence of government regulation, worker resistance and labor market reality.

17 September 2019

finance.yahoo.com (16.09.2019) The "10th International Conference on the Prevention of Accidents at Work" will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 23 to 26 September 2019. It is organised by the Austrian Workers' Compensation Board (AUVA).

16 September 2019

Philippine News Agency (09.09.2019) The country’s chief economist expects the implementation of the national identification (ID) system to improve the targeting of beneficiaries of social protection program meant to uplift the lives of the poor.

16 September 2019

 WIRED (11.09.2019) A bill passed by California lawmakers Wednesday could put guardrails on the gig economy and its reliance on “independent contractors.” The legislation, Assembly Bill 5, may reshape the way some of the state’s marquee companies—including Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash—as well as many janitorial services, truckers, and musicians do business.

10 September 2019

EuroWHO (September 2019) This issue of Eurohealth provides interesting oversight of the key issues surrounding the digitalization of health systems and how together, we can leverage the benefits of digital health.

4 September 2019

socialeurope (04.09.2019) While many were enjoying the summer break, Spanish courts were busily setting an example for the social protection of platform workers. Three recent judgments confirmed that Deliveroo ‘riders’ have in fact an employment relationship with the platform and should be considered as workers, not self-employed.

3 September 2019

Punch Newspapers (01.09.2019) Nigerian government has intensified the capturing of Nigerians all over the world into its identity database. IFE OGUNFUWA examines the benefits of the digital identity

20 August 2019

Xinhua (16.08.2019) The General Hospital of the People's Liberation Army (PLAGH) said Friday that it will set up 45 stations of remote medical services in public hospitals in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region in five years. PLAGH and the regional government reached a framework agreement on health and poverty alleviation in Lhasa, capital of Tibet on Friday. PLAGH will provide free telemedicine services for Tibetan hospitals, according to the agreement.

13 August 2019

France Inter (12.08.2019) Tandis que la grogne ne cesse de monter chez les livreurs de Deliveroo, la plateforme britannique de livraison de repas à domicile, dénonçant la baisse de leur salaire, Le téléphone sonne braque le guidon vers ces travailleurs de la nouvelle économie.

13 August 2019

eluniversal (12.08.2019) México, Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador y Perú están entre los países en donde la calidad del empleo se deteriora, advirtió la Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (Cepal). De acuerdo con el Estudio Económico de América Latina y el Caribe 2019, en esas naciones se ha incrementado el número de trabajos por cuenta propia, modalidad en la que hay menos prestaciones de protección social, así como remuneraciones y condiciones laborales menos favorables.

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