IS THERE ANY SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE DIGITAL AGE WHICH WE LIVE IN?
On February 20th we celebrate the International day of Social Justice and the United Nations has dedicated an interesting article to it, calling for that social justice is so necessary in the digital economy.
The gap between the countries of the first and third world every day is wider due to the few digital resources that these less developed countries have.
The Coronavirus pandemic has done nothing but dig deeper into the wound and contribute to the digital inequality.
It is well known that digital economy is transforming the world of work.
While digital labor platforms provide workers with income-generating opportunities and benefits from flexible work arrangements, but they also present some challenges, such us: the regularity of work and income, their rights to fair working conditions, social protection and adequate standard of living, skills utilization, and the right to form or join trade unions, hard algorithmic monitoring practices and so on.
The most worrying consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic today is the exposure to risks and inequalities of workers participation in location-based platforms.
It is intended to call for the need for dialogue and coordination of international policies since digital labor platforms operate in multiple jurisdictions. It is vital to guarantee regulatory certainty, that is, apply universal labor standards in these digital labor platforms.
In fact, many countries have already begun to address these concerns.
On the other hand, another consequence is the different financing of small, medium and large companies. It means, transformations, especially for small and medium enterprises, and inadequate availability of reliable digital infrastructure.
But we must not forget that this digital divide occurs in many more aspects of our daily life, such as access to education for example. In these times of pandemic, how many families have had to buy or to share computers to attend classes online or telecommuting?
How many houses did not have internet or an appropriate Wi-Fi network? And all these problems have occurred in developed countries.
-According to publications by UNICEF, UNESCO and the World Bank, children in the poorest countries have lost 4 months of schooling- (UNICEF.org)
-This year's commemoration supports efforts by the international community to search for solutions to achieve sustainable development, poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, universal social protection, gender equality and access to social well-being and justice for all.
Consequently, it aims at fostering dialogue with member States and relevant UN institutions and other stakeholders on actions needed to overcome the digital divide, provide decent work opportunities, and protect labor and human rights in the modern era of digital technologies. -(un.org)
Vanesa Marco Serrano, Volunteer at YPGD.