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.

The ISSA has grouped the multitude of topics that are linked to the digital economy and its impact on social security.

This ‘look into the future’ is supported by the ISSA Technical Commissions, findings from ISSA conferences and events, member surveys, good practices, literature reviews, research and input by external experts.  

How will the digital economy change the environment for social security?

How will the digital economy impact social security administrations?

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Ten global challenges for social security

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1 October 2018 (30.09.2018) Platform work is increasing worldwide, leaving a serious lack of social protection. In spite of the international and flexible character of platform work, extending social security is feasible – if one is ready to explore new avenues. This article is on setting out for Digital Social Security.

27 September 2018

World Economic Forum (17.08.2018) New categories of jobs will emerge, partly or wholly displacing others. The skill sets required in both old and new occupations will change in most industries and transform how and where people work. The Future of Jobs Report aims to unpack and provide specific information on the relative magnitude of these trends by industry and geography, and on the expected time horizon for their impact to be felt on job functions, employment levels and skills.

27 September 2018

FAZ (17.09.2018) Die Arbeitswelt ändert sich, Computer und Maschinen nehmen Menschen immer mehr Aufgaben ab. Die Gewerkschaften fordern mehr Investitionen in Bildung, um die Beschäftigten zu wappnen.

27 September 2018

Le Monde (27.09.2018) Doctolib, le leader français de la prise de rendez-vous médicaux en ligne ne cesse de grandir. Jeudi 27 septembre au matin, il inaugurait son « Health Tech Center », qui sur 1 000 mètres carrés, rue de Monceau, dans le 8e arrondissement de Paris, va accueillir 100 ingénieurs cette année – dont la plupart font déjà partie des effectifs de la société –, et 50 de plus en 2019. La structure est appelée à accueillir des intervenants extérieurs pour réfléchir au futur des systèmes de santé. Mais d’abord à élaborer les fonctionnalités à venir de Doctolib. Et la première d’entre elles est déjà connue.

19 September 2018 (17.04.2018) When looking at the economic changes and technological revolution under way throughout much of Europe, many debates focus on the fragmentation of the labour force and the ‘Uberisation’ of employment. 

18 September 2018

The World Bank (01.08.2018) Will the revolution in digital and information technologies make us obsolete? Will jobs be lost and never replaced? Will wages drop to intolerable levels? History and economic theory and evidence suggest that in the long term, such fears are misplaced. However, in the short and medium term, dislocation can be severe for certain types of work, places, and populations. In the transition period, policies are needed to facilitate labor market flexibility and mobility, introduce and strengthen safety nets and social protection, and improve education and training.

14 September 2018 (10.09.2018) Blockchain technology has also started to slowly materialise into the fields of humanitarian aid, development and even social protection. The intricacies behind the exact technological nature of how blockchains work would probably require an entire blog or maybe a series of blogs to fully explain. As such, a simple but direct overview will be provided alongside links to other reliable sources and materials [3] that offer in-depth overviews of the technology and concepts that have led to the development of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and to blockchain itself.   

12 September 2018 (24.08.2018) The changing nature of work is upending traditional employment. But as the gig economy, part-time jobs, contracts and other diverse and fluid forms of employment grow, what happens to the protections the traditional job market offered to people and workers?

4 September 2018 (03.07.2018) Self-employment is becoming more diversified in Europe and covers an increasing number of activities. But this small revolution raises issues when it comes to social protection.

22 August 2018

The Guardian (20.08.2018) Drivers and couriers for companies like Uber and Amazon may be at a higher risk of crashing because of the demands of gig economy work, a new study suggests.

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