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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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.

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 (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  (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 (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.

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