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

17 January 2018

Euractiv (10.01.2018) Labour markets have undergone significant change over the past decade and all indications are that this will accelerate in the future. In order to respond to these shifts and make labour markets fit for the realities of life and work in the 21st century we need a complete overhaul of the social structure underpinning the way that we organise, classify, support and regulate work. Only by creating open, enabling, inclusive and sustainable labour markets can we drive the growth and competitiveness needed for our economies to flourish.

16 January 2018

 South China Morning Post (16.01.2018) Government trials in 26 cities will have Tencent’s WeChat replace traditional state-issued social security cards with digital version tied to users’ accounts  WeChat, the popular mobile messaging, social media and payments platform run by Tencent Holdings, is poised to become further entrenched in everyday life in China under a new programme that adapts it as a user’s electronic social security card.

14 January 2018

Good Practices in Social Security - ISSA (November 2017) - The 2017 ISSA Good Practice Award for Americas has been presented to the Social Insurance Bank, Uruguay for an innovation that extends social security coverage to workers in the sharing economy.

8 January 2018

Reuters (20.12.2017) Uber Technologies Inc should be classified as a transport service and regulated like other taxi operators, the European Union’s top court said in a landmark ruling on Wednesday that could impact other online businesses in Europe. Uber, which allows passengers to summon a ride through an app on their smartphones, has transformed the taxi industry since its launch in 2011 and now operates in more than 600 cities globally.In the latest of a series of legal battles, Uber had argued it was simply a digital app that acted as an intermediary between drivers and customers looking for a ride and so should fall under lighter EU rules for online services.

19 December 2017

Sitra (September 2017)Towards a predictive society Public administration in Finland is undergoing major systemic change. How can one of the most efficient administrative entities in the world aim to make the everyday lives of people and companies easier through co-operation? Solutions for this will be sought through ecosystem forums – together.

10 December 2017

Background paper for Estonian Presidency Conference ‘Future of Work: Making It e-Easy‘, 13-14 September 2017

7 December 2017

(09.11.2017) Blockchain technology has huge potential to disrupt a wide range of industries, ranging from data management, security and healthcare as a few examples.

7 December 2017

Crónicas (24.02.2017) Desde el Poder Ejecutivo se anunció la firma de un Decreto que pretenderá la formalización de los trabajadores de plataformas digitales de transporte. Mediante el mismo, se buscará establecer el régimen de tributación, así como de aportes a la seguridad social. A continuación analizaremos lo que implicaría la promulgación del Decreto, y las repercusiones que el anuncio ha generado en los distintos actores.


4 December 2017 (29.11.2017) Up to 800 million global workers will lose their jobs by 2030 and be replaced by robotic automation, a new report from a consultancy has found.

4 December 2017

lejdd (03.12.2017) Alors que l'Union européenne peine à définir une logique sanitaire unique, les nouvelles technologies pourraient révolutionner les systèmes de santé.   La santé est un capital qui doit être préservé. Mais les 28 ont des logiques sanitaires très différentes. "La santé publique relève de chaque Etat. La gouvernance, les outils, les modes de financement, l'organisation des soins dépendent fortement des pays, détaille Pascal Roché, directeur général de Ramsay Générale de Santé. Nous sommes dans le troisième programme de santé 2014-2020, doté de 450 millions d'euros sur six ans. Or nos dépenses annuelles de santé atteignent 250 milliards, l'Europe joue donc un rôle mineur et se réveille sur le dialogue et la coopération quand il y a des problèmes."

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