The Uber files: leaked documents reveal a strategy of chaos – has anything changed?

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Uber has had a controversial history since its founding in 2009, from violent conflicts among drivers to a secret software allegedly used to evade law enforcement. Now, a leak of over 124,000 documents dubbed the Uber files shows the extent to which the firm under co-founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick capitalised on that chaos to expand across 40 countries.

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The Digital Markets Act: five key questions

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Following 15 months of negotiations, we’ve got white smoke. On Thursday, March 24, the technicians and experts at the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council reached an  agreement on the Digital Markets Act (DMA). Below, we provide a summary of this new regulation by looking at five questions. 

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Health and Digital Transition: How to make the most of Next Generation Funds

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Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, stated in June 2021: “We believe in a human-centred digital transition…. This is about who we want to be, as Europeans. To capture this better, we will formulate a set of digital principles. Such as: Access for all to the Internet; a secure online space; the right to learn digital skills; algorithms that respect people; and the protection of children online.”

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More power for Google: the Spanish government’s mistake with the media and the Copyright Directive

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In all industries, the digitalisation process is unstoppable. And it’s been the same in the written press, which has adapted its models and structures for the online market with great effort and speed. Each day, as an essential pillar of democracy, the media provides information in compliance with the rights to give and receive information proclaimed in Article 20 of the Spanish Constitution.

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Madrid City Council: “Citizens need to understand that the type of city they want depends on their buying decisions”

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How can we prevent the big Internet platforms from killing off local businesses, with the devastating consequences their disappearance would have on neighbourhoods? The European Association for Digital Transition, in collaboration with the digital newspaper El Confidencial, recently organised a debate on this question in Madrid during the second edition of its campaign, ‘Save your zone’

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New edition of ‘Save your zone’: for fairer and more sustainable business

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For the second consecutive year, the European Association for Digital Transition is launching the ‘Save your zone’ campaign, an effort to raise awareness on the diminishing competition in business and the effects this has on various levels, such as activity in neighbourhoods, employment, and tax revenues. 

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Artificial Intelligence can’t be a China-US duopoly

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A recent report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) warns of the disparities occurring in development of the data economy and, more specifically, in its application to an area of enormous potential, Artificial Intelligence (AI). The ‘Digital Economy Report 2021. Cross-border data flows and development: For whom the data flow’ details somewhat crudely a panorama that has been worrisome for the EADT since its beginnings: A China-US duopoly is being built, in which all the rest, and also Europe, of course, would be little more than just data providers. 

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Historic G7 agreement: En-route to fairer taxes on big tech

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The seven most powerful economies in the world, assembled in the Group of 7 (G7), have reached an historic agreement on taxes on big tech: multinationals with a profit margin above 10% will have to pay at least 20% of their taxes where they produce profits and not, as many do, in countries with low tax rates where they base their operating headquarters. Moreover, these powers have agreed to set 15% as the minimum tax rate, lowering the proposal from the United States, which was 21%. France was also hoping for a higher common rate. 

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A digital levy in the EU: Our response to the European Commission consultation

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Last February, the European Commission opened a public consultation process as part of its work to create a digital levy in the EU. This is not only in response to the economic and business changes that have been accelerated by the pandemic, but also to bring order to the different initiatives from the Member States. Appropriate taxation for the digital economy, with its ability to break down political boundaries, is a matter of great global interest and a subject that both the G20 and the OECD are also working on. 

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