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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IMF Blog (22.07.2020) The practical challenge of quickly getting financial support in the hands of people who lost jobs amid the COVID-19 economic crisis has baffled advanced and developing economies alike. Economic lockdowns, physical distancing measures, patchy social protection systems and, especially for low-income countries, the high level of informality, complicate the task. Many governments are leveraging mobile technology to help their citizens.
Bloomberg (16.06.2020) France will consider proposals to protect gig workers after pandemic lockdowns pushed the status of people who rely on tech platforms for their income to the forefront. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has appointed a group of nine experts to suggest increased protection for platform workers, such as Uber Technologies Inc. and Deliveroo drivers, and others by October, according to a copy of the request made public by one of the members.
The New York Times (27.06.2020) Many gig-based business models help customers take advantage of workers. Let’s stop giving tech companies a free ride.
revista.seg-social.es (09.06.2020) La Seguridad Social en España cuenta con un assistente virtual, ISSA (Inteligencia Artificial+ Seguridad Social) con información sobre el recién aprobado Ingreso Mínimo Vital, que se podrá solicitar a partir del próximo 15 de junio, donde encontrará respuesta a cuestiones como los requisitos, la documentación, el proceso de solicitud o la cuantía. Desde esta ventana podrá preguntar, entre otras muchas cosas, cómo solicitar la pensión de jubilación o cualquiera de las prestaciones del Sistema como la de nacimiento y cuidado del menor; qué requisitos tiene que cumplir para acceder a las mismas; cómo pedir su vida laboral, darse de alta como autónomo, tramitar el alta de una empleada de hogar y, mientras dure el estado de alarma por la COVID-19, cómo hacerlo si las oficinas están cerradas. Este asistente permite mantener conversaciones y ofrecer respuestas con información oficial y de confianza en materia de Seguridad Social. Los ciudadanos tan solo deben formular sus consultas utilizando sus propias palabras.
businesstoday.in (05.06.2020) "Prioritising the needs of the poor and vulnerable will have to receive the highest priority with respect to digital initiatives," India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti said.
brac.net (14.05.2020) Almost 18 million people live in extreme poverty in Bangladesh. The impact of COVID-19 on their livelihoods has been catastrophic. Research by BIGD and PPRC shows a 73% drop in income in households living in extreme poverty when measured in the first week of April 2020 compared to two months prior. The biggest challenge during COVID-19 is how to get relief to these people, who often live in hard-to-reach areas.
Development Pathways (21.04.2020) As the COVID-19 pandemic rages like a wild inferno at a global scale, humanity is neck-deep in responding with every resource, instrument, policy and strategy that is at its disposal.
opengovasia.com (29.04.2020) 20,000 common service centres will offer an Aadhaar updating service, catering to a large number of citizens in rural parts of the country.
The Economic Times (20.004.2020) The government has fast-tracked its plan to provide social security for gig economy workers and those in the unorganised sectors, anticipating a significant increase in their numbers as unemployment soars due to the Covid-19 crisis.
Financial Times (25.03.2020) Disruptions caused by coronavirus have exposed the gaps in the welfare system