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

26 October 2017

AVERT (26.10.2017)  E-health can play an important role in making services more accessible and person-centred, as well as improving the operations and financial efficiency of health systems.

  • Unequal access to technology means not everyone can benefit from e-health initiatives, so addressing its limitations is also important.
  • E-health interventions can benefit clinicians, enabling them to reach key populations and improving the exchange of information between health service providers.
  • User-involvement is key for successful implementation of technology and e-health-related HIV programmes
26 October 2017

europa.eu (06.10.2017) This marks a new political commitment at EU level on significant priorities towards ensuring high quality, user-centric digital public services for citizens and seamless cross-border public services for businesses.

26 October 2017

diode.network  (12.09.2017) Policy makers in the Global South have discovered digital labour platforms (e.g. Upwork, Freelancer) as a potential source for employment.

25 October 2017

oecd.org (24.10.2017 ) The world is moving so fast that tomorrow seems like yesterday. Nowhere are the changes coming faster than in the science of artificial intelligence. Applications that sounded like science fiction only a decade ago are now part of our daily lives. Douglas Frantz, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD discusses the potential of Artificial Intelligence ahead of the OECD conference “AI: Intelligent Machines, Smart Policies”.

25 October 2017

SunStar 25.10.2017)  The Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) is stepping up its efforts to increase awareness on the programs and services it provides by utilizing an online application as platform to reach more potential recipients.

20 October 2017

Accenture 2015 - Governments need to drive digital at depth to rebuild public accountability and boost their mission productivity. But that means instigating digital change, not just reacting to it. By becoming digital disruptors themselves, not just adding digital services but digitalizing to transform their operations, governments can seize the initiative from the nimble new entrants invading their traditional turf and greatly enhance their own competitiveness. By becoming public entrepreneurs, in partnership with the new digital businesses and micro-multinationals that now account for such a large share of new jobs, they can catalyze a digital economy that will sustain innovation and drive economic growth. This report describes how digital leaders in government are delivering public service for the future—and how others can follow their example. Accenture examined the digital transformation of government, looking at the impact digital services have on a country’s economy, competitiveness, government innovation and its citizens through a research report and a global pulse survey.

20 October 2017

2017 - ‘Towards a Fairer Gig Economy’ is a small collection of articles examining the social and economic problems associated with the ‘gig economy’. The gig economy includes a wide range of labour carried out by workers providing services as couriers, taxi drivers, online freelancers and more. Issues examined include an over-supply of labour, falling wages, long hours and poor working conditions. Each article makes suggestions for how these problems can be addressed and how a fairer gig economy can be built: including through regulation, collective bargaining and wider policy recommendations.

18 October 2017

OECD (11.10.2017) The biennial OECD Digital Economy Outlook examines and documents evolutions and emerging opportunities and challenges in the digital economy. It highlights how OECD countries and partner economies are taking advantage of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the Internet to meet their public policy objectives. Through comparative evidence, it informs policy makers of regulatory practices and policy options to help maximise the potential of the digital economy as a driver for innovation and inclusive growth.

14 October 2017

bloomberg.com (10.08.2017) ' People and nations don't have to accept a future in which a small group of companies -- and, let's face it, successful tech firms are a small, oligopolistic group -- controls the fruits of what they call progress. It's up to them to tax and regulate the monopolies and oligopolies. The opaque digital advertising business, for example, is under-regulated and possibly based on false claims about audience sizes. Killing U.S. tech's notorious tax avoidance schemes and making sure they pay like everybody else might make it much easier to fund Universal Basic Income (UBI) schemes.'

12 October 2017

Sept 2017 - Conseil d'Etat - Les plateformes numériques ne cessent de faire irruption dans la vie quotidienne. Cette « ubérisation » de l'économie se traduit par la substitution progressive des plateformes aux intermédiaires de l'économie traditionnelle mais aussi, au-delà, aux figures instituées qui structurent nos sociétés 

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