Tax Evasion Spotlighted as Swiss Banks Start Sharing Client Data
Oct07

Tax Evasion Spotlighted as Swiss Banks Start Sharing Client Data

Switzerland has started sharing financial account information with tax authorities in dozens of countries as a way of fighting tax evasion, but Africa, which loses about $60 billion in illicit flows each year, mostly into European banks, is conspicuous by its absence from the deal. Swiss bank accounts have long been stereotyped as enablers of financial opacity, tax fraud and safekeeping of stolen public funds. That era is coming to an...

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Wendy McElroy: Crypto Takes Anarchism Digital and Explodes Old Concepts
Oct07

Wendy McElroy: Crypto Takes Anarchism Digital and Explodes Old Concepts

The Satoshi Revolution: A Revolution of Rising Expectations Section 5: Saving the World Through Anarchism Chapter 11, Part 1 Crypto Takes Anarchism Digital and Explodes Old Concepts All around us are the almost unimaginable benefits of markets, cooperation, and technology, yet somehow we’re naïve if we don’t want to funnel human activity through government cattle chutes. The vast material and digital abundance we...

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Canadian Music Group Proposes ‘Copyright Tax’ on Internet Use
Oct07

Canadian Music Group Proposes ‘Copyright Tax’ on Internet Use

When CD copying was all the rage in the late 1990s, many countries started to levy a tax on blank media. This meant that consumers had to pay an extra fee on every recordable disc, because these can be used to duplicate copyrighted content. In some countries, this model has expanded to other media, such as hard disks, MP3 players and phones. In Canada, however, this didn’t happen. Despite several attempts in the past, there is...

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MPAA Granted ‘Dynamic’ Pirate Site Blocking Order in Singapore
Oct07

MPAA Granted ‘Dynamic’ Pirate Site Blocking Order in Singapore

Four years ago, Singapore became the latest in a long line of countries to use copyright law to block access to ‘pirate’ sites. The amendments were passed during the summer of 2014 and took effect in December the same year. After a break of almost two years, a request by the MPA(A) rendered Solarmovie.ph inaccessible in 2016. Several major ISPs were ordered by the High Court to block the streaming platform, the first such...

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