Digital Leadership Forum: Matthew McDermott on the Future of Tech Regulation

Posted on 11th April 2019

Access Partnership’s Chief BD Officer Matthew McDermott spoke to Digital Leadership Forum on the future of technology regulation and the challenges that lie ahead. Read the interview here.

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Dakaractu: OTT vs. Opérateurs: Au-delà de la Clameur

Posted on 11th April 2019

Access Partnership’s Director for Africa Abdou Lo wrote an op-ed for Dakaractu, in the light of Orange Senegal accusing OTT players of causing a loss of 20 billion CFA per year. He argues that the breakthrough of OTTs require a reformulation of business models, not a ban. Read the full article here (in French).

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Brexit Brief: Cooling Off Period

Posted on 11th April 2019

Last night, EU leaders agreed on delaying Brexit up to 31 October following the prime minister’s request for an extension until 30 June. Now, the future relationship is dependent on progress of talks in London. In other words, Brexit Brief readers should expect regular updates indefinitely.

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Accelerating Access to Space

Posted on 10th April 2019

This document details the international regulatory landscape as it relates to space activity, identifies emerging trends in how regulators are considering “new-space” ventures, and discusses regulatory risk in the context of a complete space mission to minimise to market for “new-space” technologies and services.

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Venture Beat: Japan, the Unlikely Hero of Global Data Governance

Posted on 8th April 2019

The last three decades of digital data have been a Wild West of practically unlimited freedom and possibility. Recently, as is well known through regulatory frameworks such as GDPR, some regions are clamping down, affecting the ease of cross-border data flows and resulting in the isolation and siloing of data usage within borders, with no global standards for data governance to help move things forward.

In an op-ed for Venture Beat, Access Partnership’s Public Policy Manager Logan Finucan argues that Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe’s new initiative to build open rules for the global digital economy could be the way forward.

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OECD Calls for Principled Policies in the Digital Age: Tax High Among Priorities

Posted on 5th April 2019

The OECD’s two-year effort to create and study ideas for digital policies that also encourage inclusion culminated in a Paris summit last month, bringing together over 100 speakers to discuss the ‘Going Digital: Shaping Policies, Improving Lives’ project. Policy discussions involving digital technologies, the economy, and society too often transform into inquisitions of digital platforms, but the OECD revealed a mature forum, providing space for informed and constructive confrontations.

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Brexit Brief: Rocking the Boat

Posted on 3rd April 2019

After two weeks of debate and numerous votes, there is still no solution to break the Brexit stalemate. Now No. 10 is exploring cross-party talks and a second extension.

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