Digital Agenda – speaking with Ismail Ertug, S&D

Ertug’s Social Contract for the Digital Age

“We need a new Social Contract for the digital age” says Ismail Ertug, Vice President of the S&D Group in the European Parliament, in charge of the group’s Digital Agenda.

Speaking with EURACTIV’s Brian Maguire, Ertug explained the S&D’s new digital position paper offers Europe a different vision for the future of Europe. The position paper, “Our Inclusive Digital Europe – Leaving Nobody Behind, Offering Opportunity for Everyone” aims to lead on social inclusion, sustaining an equitable working life for Europe’s citizens.

The paper is not without its contradictions. Ertug points to the potential to unionise Uber drivers and others working for digital platforms, despite the inevitability of Uber replacing all drivers with autonomous vehicles.

Challenged to explain why the S&D paper is not ‘too little too late’, Ertug defended the broad scope set out in the text, explaining why it is necessary to move forward quickly and simultaneously on many digital fronts – deploying new policy solutions in areas as diverse as labour markets, artificial intelligence ethics, and disinformation.

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