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

Media Monitor Media Monitor

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.

27 February 2018

Le Temps (13.02.2018) Le salariat s’effiloche et c’est tout notre système social qui devra être revu pour protéger les travailleurs vulnérables de la «gig economy». A l’ère du travail indépendant et des robots collaboratifs, il faudra trouver le moyen d’asseoir une solidarité 4.0

24 February 2018 (08.05.2017) Blockchain technology is making headlines everywhere. If you have recently attended any tech events it is highly likely that you came out of them having heard just that bit more about it. Everybody is talking about blockchain--from the President of the United States to the Nigerian government.

22 February 2018

Report McKinsey Global Institute (October 2017) Europe, while making progress, is behind the US and China in capturing the opportunities of artificial intelligence and automation. Digitization is everywhere, but adoption is uneven across companies, sectors, and economies, and the leaders are capturing most of the benefits. Accelerating progress in AI and automation now bring further opportunities for users, businesses, and the economy. Europe, while making progress, is behind the United States and China. This briefing note was prepared for the European Union Heads of State Tallinn Digital Summit, which brought together heads of state and CEOs to discuss the steps needed to enable people, enterprises, and governments to fully tap into the potential of innovative technologies and digitization.

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