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Governments must act to prevent ‘malicious’ behaviour online, says British inventor of web

“The inventor of the web Tim Berners-Lee has said governments must “translate” laws for the digital age to prevent “malicious” behaviour online” writes Social Media Correspondent for telegraph.co.uk. In his speech, Mr Berners-Lee will identify what he see as the most “malicious” uses of the web, including state-sponsored hacking, viral spread of misinformation, online harassment and the “polarised tone of online discourse”.Yet, he has urged governments and citizens not be “defeatist and unimaginative” when it comes to combating online harms. Source: telegraph.co.uk

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Governments use receipt lotteries to boost tax compliance

“As a bonus, they also increase awareness of tax evasion and encourage citizens to look out for tax cheats” writes The Economist for economist.com. They are less noticeable than income taxes or cuts to public services.Receipt lotteries allow governments to raise revenue without raising rates.For governments trying to up the tax take, consumption taxes have appeal. Source: economist.com

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Can Governments Help Grow the Legal Tech Sector? Yes, They Can

“Can governments help the legal tech sector to grow?” reports artificiallawyer.com. Blacklaws also stressed that Government and other institutional bodies can do two things very well that can help legal tech.Conclusion: can governments help the legal tech sector?. A case in point is how the British Government and especially the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is helping about as much as it can at present to boost the legal tech sector in the UK. An example of this was a special event held near Parliament earlier this week in London, organised by…

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Europe calls for facts not fears in Huawei security row

“U.S. officials, however, insisted that behind the scenes in Barcelona European governments were increasingly listening to Washington’s message on Huawei” reports businessinsider.com. Paul Triolo, head of geo-technology at research firm Eurasia Group, said the United States faced “an uphill battle” convincing the telecoms industry to ditch Huawei.The U.S. security accusation of our 5G has no evidence, nothing,” Guo told the congress on Tuesday. Source: businessinsider.com

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The global economy is slowing down. What can governments do about it?

“In December, the US central bank raised interest rates, possibly for the last time this decade” writes Larry Elliott for theguardian.com. For countries heavily dependent on exports as a source of growth – China, Germany, Japan and South Korea – falling demand for their goods is bad news.Central banks are getting twitchy.The darkening outlook for global growth is putting pressure on the US president to resolve his trade dispute with China.Yes, he was gloomier about prospects for the eurozone economy, but no, he wasn’t ready to change course yet. Source: theguardian.com

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Microsoft workers demand it drop $450 million U.S. Army contract

“Microsoft is expected unveil updates to HoloLens, its headset for businesses and governments, during an event at the Mobile World Congress industry conference in Barcelona on Sunday” writes Paresh Dave for reuters.com. Another said several organizers work in the company’s cloud computing division, which is competing with rivals Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services to gain more government work.Microsoft said in a statement that it always appreciates employee feedback. Source: reuters.com

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Judge: Prosecutors violated law in dealings with Jeffrey Epstein victims

“A judge ruled on Thursday that federal prosecutors broke the law by failing to keep victims adequately informed about a plea deal that Jeffrey Epstein, a prominent financier, cut to avoid federal prosecution for sexual encounters with numerous underage girls” writes Josh Gerstein for politico.com. Marra’s decision came in a lawsuit that some of Epstein’s victims filed back in 2008 seeking to have the non-prosecution deal nullified because of the treatment of the victims.Critics of the deal have said federal prosecutors were outmatched by Epstein’s well-connected, high-powered defense team, which…

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A US Senator has demanded that Apple and Google remove a Saudi Arabian government app that allows men ‘abhorrent’ control over women’s lives

“I write to ask that you immediately remove from your app stores the Saudi government’s Absher app, which enables Saudi men to track and control the movements of Saudi women” writes Bill Bostock for businessinsider.com. A US Senator has written to Apple and Google’s CEOs to demand that they “immediately remove” a Saudi government app from their app stores which allows men to monitor and control the movements of women. Source: businessinsider.com

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Europeans must get rid of the failing EU one way or another: The polite Brexit way, or the rowdy yellow-vest way

“Free trade, immigration, farm subsidies and fishing quotas, antitrust rulings, mandates regarding the rights of women and minorities, and even rules for the marketing of cheese create winners and losers” writes Peter Morici for marketwatch.com. Populism is sweeping Europe, because the European Union and its constituent governments have become as unresponsive as the 18th century aristocracies those replaced.The process created a politically unaccountable bureaucracy, whose broad policy directions are set by consensus among the national heads of government and cabinet ministers. Source: marketwatch.com

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Madam Lagarde sees global economic storm brewing…

“Last month, the IMF lowered its global economic growth forecast for this year from 3.7 percent to 3.5 percent” reports yahoo.com. Lagarde cited what she called “four clouds” as the main factors undermining the global economy and warned that a “storm” might strike.Christine Lagarde met Imran Khan on the sidelines of the World Government Summit in Dubai (AFP Photo/KARIM SAHIB) Dubai (AFP) – The International Monetary Fund on Sunday warned governments to gear up for a possible economic storm as growth undershoots expectations. “When there are too many clouds, it…

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