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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20 November 2017

The Government is being urged to close loopholes around the treatment of self-employed workers following intense scrutiny of gig-economy companies such as Deliveroo and Uber. A joint draft bill from the Work and Pensions and Business Committees has argued that there should be a new “worker by default” status, which requires companies to provide basic standards and benefits.

17 November 2017 (10.11.2017) The future of work is a prime interest of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, started in 2013 by researchers Erik Brynjolfsson and Andy McAfee. To help come up answers to questions about the impact of automation on jobs and the effects of digital innovation, the group launched the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge last year, inviting organizations around the world to compete in the realm of improving the economic opportunities of middle- and base-level workers.

13 November 2017

France Stratégie (nov 2017) Le but de ce rapport est de sortir d’une vision simpliste (compréhension « magique » de l’IA, focalisation sur la disparition massive d’emplois, idée que l’IA nous tombe dessus quoi que l’on fasse induisant une passivité devant le choc annoncé).

9 November 2017

OECD (25.10.2017)  Of course, artificial intelligence (AI) has its own special features as a technology and is obviously different than a car or a copier. At the level of an entire economy, however, the effects of different technologies on jobs and skills are often quite similar. Will this be true for AI as well?

9 November 2017

OECD (12.10.2017) The OECD Digital Economy Outlook 2017 looks at the potential and risks associated with the rapid development of AI and robots

6 November 2017

ILO Research paper No. 17 - (Sept 2016)This paper looks at one of the main drivers of technological change, digitalization and how it will impact jobs. Taking the case of Germany the paper argues that smart automation might not lead to overall job losses but considerable shifts in the structure of employment with regard to industries, occupations, skills and tasks.

3 November 2017

maschinenmarkt (02.11.2017) Die zunehmende Digitalisierung stellt die Arbeitswelt vor Herausforderungen. Führung und Zusammenarbeit im digitalen Zeitalter werden jetzt an der Universität Trier in einem Projekt erforscht. Vor allem kleine und mittlere Unternehmen will die Projektgruppe mit geeigneten Instrumenten und Strategien für die digitale Arbeitswelt unterstützen.

3 November 2017

Gestion (01.11.2017) La tecnología, por supuesto, ya hace que el trabajo independiente sea mucho más fácil. Pone a los trabajadores en contacto con los clientes y les ayuda a gestionar una oficina administrativa.

2 November 2017 (02.11.2017) Automation and a rise in atypical forms of employment have triggered welcome and necessary debates about how social protection systems can maintain effective support for those in need.

31 October 2017

afro.who (26.10.2017) With Africa currently undergoing a digital revolution, the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) today signed a Cooperation Agreement in Geneva, on using digital services to save lives and improve people’s health.

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