New technologies and the gig economy
New technologies are changing how we organize our societies and our lives. Often called the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and broadly understood as the emergence and adoption of new and often disruptive technologies that combine elements of the digital, material and biological, this shift both poses challenges and creates opportunities for social protection.
Examples of these challenges and opportunities can be seen in changing labour markets and the increasing use of automation, where technology can contribute to creating employment relationships that do not take health and safety or social security considerations into account, threatening long-established models of social protection. New technology is increasingly being applied to broader areas of social policy, such as in the telecommunication-based provision of health care and education services, and the distribution of social benefits. These issues all have clear implications for safeguarding human rights and for promoting a human rights-based approach to sustainable development.