EU Court Ruling On Worldwide Take Down of Defamatory Content Raises Freedom of Speech Concerns

Brussels, BELGIUM — The EU Court of Justice today ruled that host providers can be asked to take down defamatory content, that is “identical” or “equivalent” to content previously ruled illegal under national rules. The Decision adds that hosting providers should remove information covered by the injunction or block access to that information worldwide, as…

U.S., UK Tech and Business Groups Call on Leaders To Advance Digital Trade

Washington — Today, a coalition of tech groups and experts from business, government, and academia in the United States and United Kingdom called on government leaders to advance a high-standard model of digital trade. The organizations, BritishAmerican Business (BAB), Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), techUK, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the U.S.-UK Business Council, and…

CCIA Welcomes Nominated European Commissioners

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission President-elect, Ursula von der Leyen, announced the portfolio assignments of the designated European Commissioners today.  Margrethe Vestager (Denmark) will as Vice-President maintain her competition portfolio, but also coordinate most digital regulation. Sylvie Goulard (France) will take over the Internal Market portfolio, including industrial policies and the EU’s digital single…

Victoria de Posson joins CCIA In Brussels

Brussels, BELGIUM — Victoria de Posson has joined the Computer & Communications Industry Association’s Brussels team and will advocate on tech policy issues including Artificial Intelligence, copyright, and digital services. Victoria comes to CCIA from FTI Consulting, where she has advised Fortune 500 companies on public policy strategy. Previously she worked for Samsung Electronics, Burson…

G7 Leaders Commit to Global Tax Reform, Presidents Trump and Macron Discuss French Digital Tax

Washington — At the conclusion of the G7 Leaders Summit taking place over this weekend in Biarritz, France, the G7 leaders committed to reaching an agreement in 2020 to “modernize international taxation within the framework of the OECD.”  President Macron also indicated France and the US were close to a “compromise” regarding the French digital…