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

5 April 2019

searchcio.techtarget.com (25.02.2019) UNICEF's investment in blockchain startups extends its mission and also underscores the particularity of scenarios where blockchain promises to be the optimal solution.

29 March 2019

opengovasia.com (08.02.2019) World Economic Forum report outlines how business, government and citizens can deliver responsible digital tranformation

22 March 2019

OECD (21.03.2019) This report provides a snapshot of the policy actions being taken by OECD, EU and G20 countries in response to growing diversity in forms of employment, with the aim of encouraging peer learning where countries are facing similar issues. These changes are driving policy makers worldwide to review how policies in different areas – labour market, skills development, social protection – can best respond. How can policymakers balance the flexibility offered by a diversity of employment contracts, on the one hand, with protection for workers and businesses, on the other?

21 March 2019

cbinsights.com (01.03.2019) Google is betting that the future of healthcare is going to be structured data and AI. The company is applying AI to disease detection, new data infrastructure, and potentially insurance. In this report we explore Google's many healthcare initiatives and areas of potential future expansion.

20 March 2019

socialeurope (20.03.2019) It’s time to share evenly the benefits of automation. That’s why trade unions are calling for a four-day week.

18 March 2019

World Economic Forum (14.03.2019) For generations healthcare has been episodic – someone gets sick or breaks a bone, they see a doctor, and then they might not see another one until the next time they get sick or injured. Now, as emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence open up new possibilities for the healthcare industry in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, policymakers and practitioners are developing new ways to deliver continuous healthcare for better outcomes.

12 March 2019

SUN News Report (01.03.2019) The app promotes ISSA’s “7 golden rules — for zero accidents and healthy work.” It shows the workplace safety and health status of an organization, according to the agency. The app offers interactive checklists, analyses the results, and gives an overview of the cu

11 March 2019

OECD (28.02.2019) Digital technology can improve our lives but it also poses a major risk of widening social inequality and blocking opportunities for people without the skills to navigate the online world safely, according to a new OECD report.

5 March 2019

lapresse.ca (04.03.2019) Le ministère qui supervise le filet de sécurité sociale fédéral a discrètement commencé à tester des systèmes d'intelligence artificielle qui pourraient un jour faciliter et accélérer l'obtention de réponses sur les prestations et les services.

1 March 2019

ILO Blog (27.02.2019) There is little doubt artificial intelligence (AI) will play a major role in the future of work – a future that has already begun. Think, for example, of self-driving cars, algorithmic stock market trading, or even computer-aided medical diagnosis.

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