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Online Political Hate Speech in Europe

The Rise of New Extremisms

Giovanni Ziccardi

Thought-provoking and timely, this book addresses the increasingly widespread issue of online political hatred in Europe. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, it examines both the contributions of new technologies, in particular social networks, to the rise of this phenomenon, and the legal and political contexts in which it is taking place. Giovanni Ziccardi also evaluates possible remedies for the situation, including both legal and technological solutions, and outlines the potential for a unified European framework to counter the spread of hatred online.
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Xavier Oberson

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Taxing Robots

Helping the Economy to Adapt to the Use of Artificial Intelligence

Xavier Oberson

The increasing use of artificial intelligence within the workplace is likely to cause significant disruption to the labour market and in turn, to the economy, due to a reduction in the number of taxable workers. In this innovative book, Xavier Oberson proposes taxing robots as a possible solution to the anticipated problem of declining tax revenues.
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Tobias Mahler

This is the beginning, rather than the end. The addition of new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) to the Internet Domain Name System (DNS) has significantly increased the number of existing TLDs available to registrants. Although there is no prospect that new gTLDs will significantly affect the dominance of <.com>, they provide an additional supply of available names for registrants. These new names will remain with the Internet for as long as domain names are relevant. In this sense, the programme has changed the DNS. The programme has also contributed significantly to changes in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and it has led to the creation of a rather extensive framework of transnational private regulation, which is applied in a quasi-judicial system. In my view, it would be useful to develop ICANN’s many dispute-resolution policies and independent review into a more elaborate arbitration system that can fulfil the need for a quasi-judicial system, to support the fair and consistent adjudication of cases under ICANN’s transnational private regulation.

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Tobias Mahler

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Generic Top-Level Domains

A Study of Transnational Private Regulation

Tobias Mahler

This topical book examines the regulatory framework for introducing generic Top-Level Domains on the Internet. Drawn up by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), these rules form part of a growing body of transnational private regulation, complementing national and international law. The book elucidates and discusses how ICANN has tackled a diverse set of economic and regulatory issues, including competition, consumer protection, property rights, procedural fairness, and the resolution of disputes.
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Tobias Mahler

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Tobias Mahler

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Han-Wei Liu

The emergence of China’s indigenous standards has raised concerns within the trade community. Focusing on the compatibility of such Chinese-made standards with the WTO laws, existing legal literature seem to see China’s indigenous standards as being oriented towards ‘techno-nationalism’, thereby posing a credible threat to international economic order. By revisiting the case of the WAPI, one of the most (in)famous Chinese indigenous standards in the information and communication technology (ICT) industry, this chapter contends that the threat of China’s indigenous standards policy to the global trading system may be less serious than some had thought because of the contextual factors and new rules introduced through trade and investment laws in the era of megaregionalism.

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Mark Wu

Although WTO law has foreclosed the use of traditional industrial policy instruments for technology exports, this chapter argues that a new set of instruments are emerging as vital to the competition between countries for technology-related global value chains. It highlights three such instruments: export policies, technology transfer policies, and investment reviews. Together, these tools are influencing the contours of competition between firms along value chains. This chapter then examines how mega-RTAs and other treaties seek to further discipline the use of such instruments, suggesting that further law is likely to develop to constrain government action regardless of whether mega-RTAs come to fruition.