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Regulating Big Tech #17

  • New Zealand leak
  • Seattle tax
  • Fixing Facebook
  • Transatlantic data
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The Conversation

The National Party COVID-19 leak shows why the law must change to protect New Zealand citizens

The leak of the confidential personal information of COVID-19 patients by Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker and influential party figure Michelle Boag has been highly embarrassing for the National Party.

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Editor’s Note:

One of the recurring issues with regulation in the COVID era has been data privacy for health information. Here law professor Alexander Gillespie looks at a recent leak in New Zealand and its legal implications.

Financial Express

Laying the perfect pitch: There is a need to recognise and regulate eSports in India

Currently, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) confer recognition on any sport and its federation(s).

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New Statesman

Why the Covid-19 recovery needs a proactive public sector

Markets will not achieve green, sustainable or equitable economic growth by themselves.

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Seattle Times

Seattle’s new tax pushes us to a tipping point

Seattle is facing more economic uncertainty than the “Boeing bust” of the 1970s, in a world where a pandemic and nationalism are combining to threaten a repeat of the Great Depression.

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Editor’s Note:

While much talk of regulation happens on the national or supranational levels, local officials can also take a stab. Here Jon Talton writes about a new tax in Seattle, though says it will affect far more than Amazon.

Rolling Stone

Can Facebook Be Fixed?

Facebook has not done enough to combat hate speech and misinformation, its negligence could impact the November election, and decisions like allowing President Trump to post racist content unfettered constitute a “significant setback for civil rights.”

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Financial Times ($)

‘It’s a matter of fairness’: squeezing more tax from multinationals

The Savoy Hotel has been welcoming its well-heeled and connected clientele for 131 years. But for all the Art Deco design and the sublime personal service, the Savoy loses money. Lots of money.

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Mada Masr

Where do survivors of sexual violence turn? The case of Ahmed Bassam Zaki

Dozens of accusations of sexual assault, harassment, and blackmail by a 21-year-old university student that first came to light on social media have ignited a firestorm in Egypt over the past week. The case of Ahmed Bassam Zaki, who is currently in police custody, made headline news and reverberated across the country, sparking a wider conversation about sexual violence in Egypt and prompting the government to react with proposed changes to legislation.

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Editor’s Note:

This piece from Mada Masr, a hardworking independent outlet in Egypt, covers sexual assault. However, it also delves into the Egyptian government’s actions against users of TikTok including prostitution charges as authorities continue a crackdown on some forms of free expression.


U.S. to announce, but defer, retaliation over French digital tax -USTR

The Trump administration will announce actions against France over its digital services tax but will defer them while France defers tax collections from U.S. technology firms, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Thursday.

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Irish Times

Transatlantic data transfers once again in the dock

A week from Thursday, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will hand down a decision in a critical, Irish-originating case that could potentially upend – even, immediately halt – the way in which European and US businesses currently handle transatlantic data transfers.

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Real Clear Politics

Court Should Reverse Flawed Antitrust Ruling | RealClearPolitics

Antitrust law very rarely is applied to look backward in time to unwind a consummated deal. No court has ever granted a private plaintiff’s request to unwind a merger after its closing. And with good reason: the federal premerger notification process has become a cornerstone of modern U.S. merger enforcement precisely because it generates post-closing certainty by subjecting transactions to pre-closing review by the Federal Trade Commission or the Department of Justice.

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