Digital Economy Observatory

Media Monitor

Digital Economy Observatory

Media Monitor

15 December 2020
Universal health coverage: pandemic boosts digital health  (11.11.2020) COVID-19 has accelerated global efforts to deliver digital healthcare. The move towards value-based healthcare could facilitate universal health coverage and aid post-pandemic recovery. Millions of people living in poverty could benefit directly from new model.

4 December 2020
Digital Applications and APIs are foundational blocks for Public Sector agencies for their digital transformation journey – OpenGov Asia

OpenGov Asia (01.12.2020) The pandemic has fundamentally changed lifestyles and thought processes across the world. There is a paradigm shift in the way people now interact with each other. With social distancing becoming the new norm, citizens are increasingly becoming dependent on technology to communicate and interact among themselves. In order to help public sector utilise digital applications and APIs to enhance service delivery and get digital transformation right, OpenGov Asia hosted an OpenGovLive! Virtual Breakfast Insight with delegates from various public sector organisations in Indonesia.

12 November 2020
US: Prop 22: why Uber's victory in California could harm gig workers nationwide

The Guardian (11.11.2020) Ballot measure exempting ride-sharing companies from treating drivers as employees could serve as model for future laws

6 November 2020
US: California’s Prop 22 passes making gig workers independent contractors

The Washington Post (05.11.2020) Gig economy workers were pushed to the brink. It led to a historic confrontation over the future of the business model. The state ballot measure, Proposition 22, will make drivers independent contractors according to California law. That supersedes a new law, known as A.B. 5, intended to grant drivers full employment, including minimum wage protections, health care and such benefits as unemployment and sick leave.

2 October 2020
Digital Economy: 10 ways to a brighter future of work in the digital economy (01.10.2020) Based on findings from seven countries (Canada, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand), the ILO has outlined 10 possible policy responses to inform dialogue among governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations to advance decent work opportunities for more women and men in the digital economy

1 October 2020
Going Viral : COVID-19 and the Accelerated Transformation of Jobs in Latin America and the Caribbean (28.09.2020) The economic impact of COVID-19 is unprecedented in size and scope. It has quickly evolved from a health emergency into an employment crisis. It also has far-reaching implications for workers beyond the immediate employment effects, as it most likely has accelerated the transformation process of jobs that had already started in the region and the world. This book focuses on three important pre-pandemic trends observed in the region—namely, premature deindustrialization, servicification of the economy, and task automation—that were significantly changing the labor market landscape in the region and that have been accelerated by the crisis.

14 July 2020
After coronavirus, telemedicine is here to stay (07.07.2020) The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the long-anticipated surge in telemedicine services worldwide. Consulting a health care provider over phone, video or text has become the new normal for many non-urgent medical needs, while the crisis has sparked renewed interest in digital tools that can test and monitor at-risk patients safely in their homes.

6 July 2020
You’ve Got Money: Mobile Payments Help People During the Pandemic

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.

2 July 2020
France Considers New Protections for Gig Worker ‘Invisibles’

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.

29 June 2020
Opinion: Uber Rides Cost More? OK

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.

10 June 2020
España: Nuevo asistente virtual para facilitar la búsqueda de información y los trámites de la Seguridad Social (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.

9 June 2020
India: Coronavirus pandemic underscores necessity to prioritise needs of poor via technology, says India at UN (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.

5 June 2020
Bangladesh : Distributing relief in a pandemic: Lessons learned about digital cash transfers during COVID-19 (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.

28 May 2020
7 ways technology can help the social protection response to COVID-19

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.

30 April 2020
India starts Aadhaar updating facility through common service centres (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.

21 April 2020
India: Government fast tracks plan to provide social security for gig workers

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.

26 March 2020
Opinion: How to support the self-employed through the pandemic

Financial Times (25.03.2020) Disruptions caused by coronavirus have exposed the gaps in the welfare system

26 March 2020
Coronavirus highlights sick pay void for platform workers

Eurofound (19.03.2020) The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is starting to have a serious impact on the world economy. The consequences for platform workers are especially severe in light of forced work stoppages due to self-isolation and lack of sick pay in many cases. Recent media coverage shows that platform workers in the transport sector (ride hailing and food delivery) are most affected, while professional services performed online (such as remote consultations with health professionals) could help to reduce the pressure on health systems.

20 February 2020
High-risk Artificial Intelligence to be ‘certified, tested and controlled,’ Commission says (19.02.2020) Artificial Intelligence technologies carrying a high-risk of abuse that could potentially lead to an erosion of fundamental rights will be subjected to a series of new requirements, the European Commission announced on Wednesday (19 February).

14 February 2020
Philippines: Lawmakers call for passage of 'gig economy' measures (13.02.2020) AS the country’s so-called gig economy industry continues to rise, lawmakers are pushing for measures to protect freelance workers by establishing a basic regulatory framework to enable them to anticipate challenges ahead.