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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7 August 2018

 Euronews (01.08.2018) A new industrial revolution is predicted. The digitalisation of the economy is expected to disrupt production processes, the world of work and society at large. But we still don’t have a clear idea of what this so-called digitalisation entails and its likely social impacts.

3 August 2018

IADB (24.03.2018) El futuro del trabajo es un tema cada vez más presente. El interés es creciente, a medida que constatamos cómo se intensifican algunas tendencias, como la automatización o la economía gig, de las que venimos hablando desde hace ya tres años en este mismo blog. Así que es de esperar que, este 2018, el futuro del trabajo sea un tema muy presente en las discusiones sobre mercados laborales y políticas públicas, también en América Latina y el Caribe.

24 July 2018

cash news (20.07.2018) Die Europäische Union will in den nächsten Monaten konkrete Vorschläge zum Umgang mit der Digitalisierung der Arbeitswelt vorlegen. Unter dem aktuellen österreichischem EU-Vorsitz solle ein "Weissbuch" mit zahlreichen Anregungen für den nächsten Ratsvorsitz verfasst werden, sagte Österreichs Sozialministerin Beate Hartinger-Klein (FPÖ) am Freitag noch einem informellen Treffen der EU-Arbeits- und Sozialminister in Wien.

18 July 2018

Europa (13.07.2018) This year's edition of the report aims to analyse opportunities and risks linked to technological innovation, demographic change, and globalisation. The review shows what needs to happen so that everybody can benefit from these developments.

6 July 2018

europa (27.06.2018) The Commission is publishing today a report on digital platform workers in Europe. The report provides evidence on this emerging phenomenon based on a survey of over 32 000 people across 14 Member States. This helps to estimate the size of platform work, outline the main characteristics of platform workers, learn about their working conditions and motivations, and describe the type of services provided through digital labour platforms.

5 July 2018

EurActiv (02.07.2018) Le travail indépendant se diversifie en Europe, et touche de plus en plus de types d’activités. Une petite révolution qui pose des questions en matière de protection sociale.

Par opposition aux travailleurs indépendants « traditionnels », les freelances n’ont « pas de fonds de commerce ou de licence, ne sont pas dans une profession réglementée [médecins, avocats, etc.] », a expliqué Laetitia Vitaud, spécialiste du futur du travail, lors d’une conférence organisée par Euractiv le 26 juin à Paris. « Ils choisissent de travailler directement avec les entreprises sans passer par la case « salarié » et refusent le lien de subordination. »

4 July 2018

TechCrunch (04.07.2018) Health insurance startup Alan has launched a new product in France called Alan Map. It’s a dead simple way to find GPs, dentists, ophthalmologists and more around you.

3 July 2018

ipe.com (26.06.2018) The UK’s auto-enrolment system for workplace pensions should not be extended to include self-employed people, a lobby group for independent workers has said

3 July 2018

 South China Morning Post (02.07.2018) Patients need to have plenty of patience, especially in China’s under-resourced health care system where rural parents often travel with their sick children to seek treatment at Beijing’s Children Hospital but end up having to literally camp outside because of a shortage of lodgings in the city, or where the needs of the ageing population are rising with more than 200 million people aged over 60, equivalent to the entire population of Indonesia.

29 June 2018

​Deloitte Insights (March 2018)  As AI and other advanced technologies permeate the workplace, skills such as critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving gain in importance. Leading companies are recognizing that these technologies are most effective when they complement humans, not replace them.

AI, robotics, and automation have gained a rapidly expanding foothold in the workplace, faster than many organizations ever expected. While organizations are increasingly using these technologies to automate existing processes, true pioneers are radically rethinking work architecture to maximize the value of both humans and machines—creating new opportunities to organize work more effectively and to redefine the human workforce’s skills and careers.

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