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

6 May 2019

This paper addresses five disruptive technologies that are driving massive economic transformation and that will be critical areas for public policy formulation and implementation in the region in the years ahead: cloud computing, blockchain, big data, artificial intelligence and the internet of things.

29 April 2019 (26.04.2019) A report from the OECD says automation will affect for half of all jobs. In 20 years, 14 percent will be fully automated, and 32 percent will be affected. To help transition it's time that governments develop a plan for workers. Training and even funding could be a part of the solution says the OECD 

26 April 2019

OECD (25.04.2019) The 2019 edition of the OECD Employment Outlook presents new evidence on changes in job stability, underemployment and the share of well-paid jobs, and discusses the policy implications of these changes with respect to how technology, globalisation, population ageing, and other megatrends are transforming the labour market in OECD countries. The report also assesses challenges for social protection policies, presenting evidence on the support gaps affecting different types of worker, and discussing reform avenues for preserving and strengthening the key stabilising role of social protection systems.

26 April 2019

La Tribune (25.04.2019) Automatisation, transformation du travail, formation, vieillissement de la population active... dans son dernier rapport, l'OCDE dresse un portrait en demi-teinte du monde du travail, confronté actuellement à de nombreux risques, notamment en France. Face à ces défis colossaux, l'institution internationale explique que "l’avenir du travail dépendra en grande partie des choix de politiques publiques opérés par les pays".

25 April 2019 (17.04.2019) Rising pressure to apply biometric technology to verify beneficiaries’ identities, and to integrate information systems ranging from civil registries to law-enforcement databases, means that social programs could create new risks for those who depend on them.

23 April 2019 (19.04.2019) The world’s largest pension fund is exploring the use of AI to help it select asset managers and assets in which to invest

11 April 2019

Europa (09.04.2019) Hosted by the European Commission, the conference 'The Future of Work: Today. Tomorrow. For All.' has steered an open discussion on the main changes taking place in the world of work.

5 April 2019 (25.02.2019) UNICEF's investment in blockchain startups extends its mission and also underscores the particularity of scenarios where blockchain promises to be the optimal solution.

29 March 2019 (08.02.2019) World Economic Forum report outlines how business, government and citizens can deliver responsible digital tranformation

22 March 2019

OECD (21.03.2019) This report provides a snapshot of the policy actions being taken by OECD, EU and G20 countries in response to growing diversity in forms of employment, with the aim of encouraging peer learning where countries are facing similar issues. These changes are driving policy makers worldwide to review how policies in different areas – labour market, skills development, social protection – can best respond. How can policymakers balance the flexibility offered by a diversity of employment contracts, on the one hand, with protection for workers and businesses, on the other?

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