This Day Nigeria: Report Calls for Increased AI Adoption Among African Countries

Posted on 4th January 2019

Access Partnership’s “AI for Africa” white paper, written in cooperation with Microsoft and the University of Pretoria, was featured by This Day Nigeria: “With the right mix of policies, Africa and its citizens can reap the benefits of Artificial Intelligence (AI) transformations in the years to come.” Read the full article here.

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IT News Africa: Embracing AI in Africa is Crucial

Posted on 2nd January 2019

Access Partnership’s recent white paper “Artificial Intelligence for Africa: An Opportunity for Growth, Development, and Democratisation,” written in conjunction with Microsoft and the University of Pretoria, was featured by IT News Africa:

“The white paper takes a deep dive into how AI can, and will, change the way we live and work across the continent, but with a strong focus on Sub-Saharan Africa… The white paper couldn’t come at a better time. With AI predicted to be a driving force behind the Fourth Industrial Revolution, global leaders are already forming best practice for AI policy.”

Read the full article here.

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Silicon Angle: 2019 Security Forecast: Cloudy and Unsettled, With a Chance of Gloom

Posted on 2nd January 2019

Access Partnership’s Global Head of Public Policy Laura Sallstrom spoke to Silicon Angle on the prospects for US privacy legislation in 2019:

“Any U.S. privacy law is as likely to push back on the GDPR as to be inspired by it. Privacy reform in the U.S. would therefore be more about taking the opportunity to create a counterweight model to the GDPR. On the other hand, getting it wrong in the U.S. could trigger more political backlash in Europe and greater problems for U.S. industry outside the country.”

Read the full article here.

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Trends to Watch 2019: Digital Tax in the EU Gets Real

Posted on 2nd January 2019

Digital tax saw two European Commission proposals in March 2018 and the issue has only grown in prominence since then. In 2019, technology companies will face growing momentum behind efforts to introduce national levies on the digital sector, continuing and politicised EU-level interventions as we approach the European Parliamentary elections, and preparations for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) proposals on a global digital tax solution.

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Value Walk: US Privacy Law In 2019? GDPR Predictions For Next Year

Posted on 28th December 2018

Access Partnership’s Global Head of Public Policy Laura Sallstrom spoke to Value Walk on the prospects for US privacy law for 2019. Read the full article here.

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Joining Forces for Digital Ethics: Takeaways from the TechUK Digital Ethics Summit

Posted on 20th December 2018

TechUK held its second annual Digital Ethics Summit on 12 December, gathering stakeholders in government, industry, and academia to discuss the ethical deployment of AI and emerging technologies. Check out our key takeaways from the event.

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Financial Services Data Transfers: The Worst Offenders

Posted on 17th December 2018

Data localisation as a risk area for global businesses is picking up steam. Recently, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) recommended that developing nations should examine data localisation policies to “develop domestic digital capacities and digital infrastructure.” However, data localisation policies can damage not just the digital sector, but the entire economy, by benefiting a few companies at the cost of blocking innovation for others, particularly SMEs.

The financial services sector is on the front lines: heavily reliant on cross-border data transfers and often a first target for policy makers pursuing localisation. But who are the worst offenders?

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