[AfrICANN-discuss] IG Weekly Brief : OECD on digital firms taxation; WTO to create electronic commerce WG; Consultation on tax regime in Europe; Bad Rabbit ransomware; Putin on cyber extremism; WhatsApp sharing data with Facebook

Mamadou LO alfamamadou at hotmail.com
Fri Oct 27 18:29:01 UTC 2017


This week, digital economy on Internet Governance headlines as, "OECD on October 25 released public comments from 52 individuals and groups on the design of new international tax rules for digital firms. The comments, released in two documents, Part I <http://www.oecd.org/tax/beps/tax-challenges-digitalisation-part-1-comments-on-request-for-input-2017.pdf>  and Part II<http://www.oecd.org/tax/beps/tax-challenges-digitalisation-part-2-comments-on-request-for-input-2017.pdf>, aim to help an OECD task force prepare an interim report on the issue, to be presented to G20 finance ministers in April 2018". Also; A group of WTO countries have begun working to create an electronic commerce working group under the WTO umbrella that would become a forum for issues such as information communication technology infrastructure and services; trade logistics; payment solutions; regulatory frameworks; technical assistance; and access to finance. Furthemore, the European Union is asking its citizens to help decide on a fairer tax regime for large digital corporations that may include a tax on their global profits<https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/topic/global-profits>. Firms such as Amazon<https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/topic/Amazon> Google and Facebook have often been accused of paying too little tax within the bloc by establishing their regional headquarters in low-tax countries<https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/topic/low-tax-countries> such as Luxembourg and Ireland.

On cyber extremism, russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that law enforcement agencies must take tough action against persons and groups using the Internet for extremist ends.

On cyber geopolitics, British lawmakers have asked Facebook to release information about Russian-linked activity around the U.K.'s European Union membership referendum and recent election.

On security, Russia, Ukraine and Turkey are among the nations that have fallen victim to Bad Rabbit, which appears to be related to Petya. Russian media outlet Interfax confirmed the attack on Tuesday morning, several other outlets were reportedly attacked as well.

On data protection, having first raised the issue in 2016, EU regulators have now issued a second warning about WhatsApp sharing user data with parent company Facebook.

Below, informations on those subjects as well documents net neutrality, cyberpolitics.


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