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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14 February 2018

Impact Insurance (dec 2017) Since May 2017, the ILO´s Impact Insurance Facility has been working in partnership with the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) in Ghana. The project aims to expand population coverage of the National Health Insurance Scheme by designing a simplified user-friendly digital renewal process.

12 February 2018

Lexology (05.02.2018) The Statutory Accident Insurance (Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung) has recently argued that operators of internet platforms such as Uber, Airbnb and MyHammer should be included in the accident insurance system like any other employer. Accident insurance is one branch of the social security system in Germany, the contributions to which are traditionally shared between employer and employee. It covers costs for the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases (insured events) and the compensation of damage after the occurrence of an insured event. Costs are ultimately borne entirely by the employers in a pay-as-you-go system, depending also on the risk level of the work performed by their employees. However, independent contractors are not covered by this system.

8 February 2018

Paperjam News (08.02.2018) Le ministre de la Sécurité sociale, Romain Schneider, et le ministre du Travail, de l’Emploi et de l’Économie sociale et solidaire, Nicolas Schmit, ont annoncé le 6 février 2018 le lancement d’une nouvelle plateforme informatique, la «Luxembourg Microdata Platform on Labour and Social Protection». 

8 February 2018

netralnews (07.02.2018) The digital revolution or the fourth industrial revolution (4.0) could create economic storage that would potentially cause Indonesia to lose 50 million job opportunities. Minister of National Development Planning Bambang PS Brodjonegoro said all parties should be ready to face it including the manager of the national social security provider.

7 February 2018

The Jakarta Post (06.02.2018) Currently, the global workforce and business landscape have to deal with rapid changes brought by the latest innovations in communication technology, be they smartphones or digital gadgets, which have disrupted the way businesses run their day-to-day operations. The technological innovations have brought what experts term the fourth industrial revolution, which is characterized by increased automation with the help of the internet of things.

6 February 2018 (30.01.2018) Amazon views technology as a key part of its strategy to drive down costs. Telemedicine companies could be the big winners.

5 February 2018

Jordan Times (07.01.2018) Prime Minister Hani Mulki on Sunday formed a committee to handle all affairs related to the social security network, the term referring to the funds allocated to ease the impact of lifting subsidies in the 2018 budget.

1 February 2018

EurActiv (31.01.2018) The European Commission unveiled plans for a pan-EU Health Technology Assessment (HTA) law on Wednesday (31 January), with EU health chief Vytenis Andriukaitis promising that they would help patients take advantage of “an exciting era for innovation in health”.

31 January 2018

Les Echos (31.01.2018) Tendance: En 2017, les sites spécialisés ont enregistré une forte augmentation des offres d'emplois. Et le phénomène ne serait pas près de se terminer. Une croissance à deux chiffres ! Sur les  sites internet spécialisés , le volume des offres d'emplois a très fortement augmenté en 2017. « La croissance était déjà de 15 % en 2016, mais elle est passée à 41 % en 2017, observe David Beaurepaire, responsable de la stratégie et du développement du groupe RegionsJob

30 January 2018

Telecompaper (29.01.2018) The Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB) announced plans to partner with MobiCash to ease collection of payment for community-based health insurance (mutuelle de sante) across the country, New Times reported. According to Deogratias Ntigurirwa, in charge of the Mutuelle de Sante mobilisation and registration division at RSSB, subscribers are expected to start using the new digital platform in June. 

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