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No reason for AI and GAFAM to escape democratic oversight

By Paul Nemitz / 18 May, 2019

The triad of human rights, democracy and the rule of law are the core elements of western, liberal constitutions. All actions of government, legislators and indeed societal reality are measured against these principles. Given the foreseeable pervasiveness of artificial intelligence (AI) in modern societies, the question needs to be asked...

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GAFAM VERSUS EUROPEAN UNION

By Laurent Alexandre / 20 June, 2018

The influence of GAFAM outside the United States is a concern for the countries of the European Union. The decision about whether or not to introduce a digital tax for countries is a heated debate among member states. However, the impact of GAFAM seems to go beyond economic aspects. Laurent...

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Why Facebook should be taxed and how to do it

By Paul Tang / 13 February, 2018

Large digital platforms are making billions of profits, while paying little or no corporate tax. They currently have a whole range of opportunities for tax avoidance, to the benefit of a few shareholders and at the expense of many taxpayers. Our recent estimates show that, in a period of three...

Tax us if you can: big tech’s challenge to the state

By Richard Murphy / 13 February, 2018

Back in 1999, when the dot.com boom was at its height and I was, amongst other things, the Chief Financial Officer of a tech company, few people if any thought that the foundation of the value of the companies that were already seriously over-valued at that time would be their...

How can we ensure that the internet giants pay their fair share of tax?

By Pervenche Berès / 9 February, 2018

Given that our economies are being reshaped and challenged by the digital revolution, our policies need to evolve to deal with this new type of wealth creation. One of the big issues is how to ensure that internet companies pay their fair share of taxes. MEP Pervenche Berès explains why...

The internet and the second era of democracy

By Don Tapscott / 12 January, 2017

The rise of populist movements, most recently of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in the US, the decline in youth voting in OECD countries, the widespread voter cynicism about scandals from Italy to the UK, all reflect a growing crisis of legitimacy of our democratic institutions. Not since the dawn of...

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