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Intermedia, July 2019, Volume 47 Issue 02

Intermedia, July 2019, Volume 47 Issue 02

Taxing questions

Chris ChapmanThe news that politicians in France will impose a levy on the big digital platforms – arguing that the platforms, by purporting to be based outside that country, pay little or no tax – has inevitably provoked the US (where most of these tech giants have their HQs) to initiate an inquiry. Finance ministers and the OECD may come up with better plans, and liberal democracy does need new strategies for taxing the digital economy. But taxation is just one part of the rapidly changing landscape. As I constantly ask: how do we exploit the exponential growth of the digital economy while including requisite business and government models and the material societal, cultural and political externalities? Or, as Cathryn Ross (now at BT but an ex-regulator) notes in this issue of Intermedia, regulation as we know it has essentially been “economic” regulation – primarily about competition – but the many reviews about the digital picture that we now see are grappling with the big questions of our age – “about the type of economy and society we want to be, about the distribution of power, the allocation of value between groups in society and across generations”. Cathryn charts the challenges, and Peter Alexiadis, in part two of his analysis, expands on issues such as the rise of the “super regulator” and regulatory independence. In contrast, our cover feature is on Sub-Saharan Africa – let’s bear in mind that much of the world has yet to experience the privacy and data-centric problems that beset the wealthier nations. Chris Chapman, President, IIC

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5G: Fuel for the Media?

5G: Fuel for the Media?

Now that the first 5G networks have been launched, the questions about how this new technology will be used will start to be answered, especially in the media sector. JEAN PAUL SIMON identifies likely winners and implications for policymakers.

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Digital Debate

Digital Debate

Miami hosted the second IIC spring meeting of the year, with 3 days of debate focusing on Central and Latin America. Ny CHRISTINA MURRONI.

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News from around the globe

News from around the globe

European commissioner for digital economy and society, Mariya Gabriel, speaking at the first European AI Alliance assembly, at which the High-Level Expert Group on AI launched policy and investment recommendations, and a piloting process for AI ethics guidelines.

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Paving the Digital Way

Paving the Digital Way

Regulation in Sub-Saharan Africa has hit a brick wall, write RUSSELL SOUTHWOOD and STEVE SONG. What changes are needed for a data-centric future?

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Regulatory Directions: 2

Regulatory Directions: 2

In part two of his extensive analysis of regulatory and competition law organisation,  PETER ALEXIADIS discusses the rise of the ‘super-regulator’, regulatory independence, and centralised vs local organisation, with the EU as the key reference.

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Small Nations

Small Nations

The challenges that regulators in small nations face are as diverse as the jurisdictions they regulate. Gibraltar’s STEWART BRITTENDEN finds some common ground.

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Taking Aim at Big Tech

Taking Aim at Big Tech

The technology giants have concentrated power in too few hands, writes SÉBASTIEN SORIANO, chairman of France’s regulator, Arcep. He proposes  ‘Robin Hood’ style regulation to redistribute internet wealth to the many.

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Tests for Regulation

Tests for Regulation

The UK has been a world leader in sector regulation but the current model is facing scrutiny. BT’s CATHRYN ROSS charts the challenges and finds reasons for optimism.

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