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By Areeq Chowdhury. In the budget this week, Philip Hammond has announced the introduction of a new ‘digital services tax’, first hinted at in his party conference speech in Birmingham. The tax, limited to tech giants which have annual global revenues of more than £500m, will be a levy of 2% on the money made … Continue reading The ‘digital services tax’ is a good idea in principle but it may be difficult to enforce
A new report, Kinder, Gentler Politics, published this week, is calling on the UK Government to introduce a ‘Civil Internet Tax’ on large social media platforms to fund initiatives to tackle the rise of online abuse in political debate. It calls for 25% of the revenue raised to be ring-fenced for grassroots anti-discrimination campaigns. The report, produced … Continue reading REPORT: Tax social media giants to fund anti-discrimination campaigns
The UK Government has rejected the request from a number disability charities and voters with disabilities to pilot an online voting option in elections. Following last year’s consultation ‘Access to Elections’, the Government has published their response to how elections can be made accessible for voters with disabilities and vision impairments. The consultation notes the … Continue reading Government: Disabled voters too ‘vulnerable’ to be trusted with online voting despite popular demand
By Areeq Chowdhury. Is it time to nationalise Facebook? Recently, social media platforms have transformed from a space to socialise, share photos, and stare at memes, to a centre of digital political warfare and the murky harvesting of personal data. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to discern fact from fiction, online abuse is rampant across comment … Continue reading A publicly-owned Facebook? Interesting idea, but fraught with difficulty