The Register - French minister says around two per cent of turnover sounds about right.
Bruno Le Maire, France's minister for the economy, has revealed that a plan to levy a special tax on Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon will soon be revealed by European authorities.
Le Maire told French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche "A European directive will be unveiled in the coming weeks, the minister reveals, and it will mark a considerable step forward."
The minister told the paper that a tax of between two and six per cent has been considered, with the proposal to be "closer to two than six."
The proposed tax will be levied on the four companies' turnover, rather than profits. Taxing turnover is hoped to offer a simple way to tax the companies, as all use legal-but-cynical ways to minimise their taxable income. Le Maire added that a turnover tax is seen as being quick to implement and that the four companies know they're going to have to pay more tax in Europe, so may be amenable to such an arrangement.
If they are amenable, it will almost certainly be because the alternative is more expensive and/or less pleasant than a turnover tax. Signing up to such a tax would also have the attraction of allowing the four companies to keep their other tax arrangements in place, which would both keep their bills low and maintain the legitimacy of their claims that the real source of profit is outside Europe. ®
Siliconrepublic - What is behind the recent surge in innovative organisations using open source platforms? DevOps and Linux expert Karel Striegel explains.
Not long ago, open source software (OSS) was dismissed as a cheap alternative to proprietary software. Today, open source is acknowledged as the future of software for innovative organisations, allowing IT departments to accelerate the process of bringing their ideas to market.
Even Fortune 500 companies allow open source to drive their organisations by encouraging developers to use OSS to improve software packages constantly while reducing costs.
Open source is cost-effective because companies save money and lessen technical debt by debugging and improving existing OSS.
For example, using the open source versions of proprietary software packages eliminates the need for expensive licences. Installing the software comes with no fees and no limits on the number of software installations.
The US-based open source technology company shared details why Japan’s NTT Docomo and ARSAT, a government-owned telco in Argentina, are using Red Hat.
Engineers at NTT Docomo are deploying Red Hat technology for software flexibility and increase in agility of services. The company adopted Red Hat OpenStack Platform as a virtualization infrastructure for providing the basis for new IT initiatives. Investment in Red Hat’s open source platforms has already assisted NTT Docomo to achieve decrease in its hardware footprint, cost reduction and improved service delivery speed.
Drone Below - New Drone Standards Will Spark Economic Revolution in UK, Says BSI Chairman
Businesses and industries across the United Kingdom are waking to a new era in which drones could change the way they live and work. At an event held in the House of Lords recently, the British Standards Institution have set in place a future for the UK that realise the potential of UAVs in the air, in the sea, on land and in space.
Founder and Chief Executive of the BSI Committee responsible for Drone Standards of the British Standards Institution (BSI) and Drone Major Group, Chairman Sir David Brown attended and spoke at the event, and explained how drones can benefit the UK economy. “BSI is playing a pivotal role in supporting the exciting global future for drones through its work on standards for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Standards accelerate innovation, boost productivity and enable trade, while promoting safety and consumer protection,” he said.
The event was sponsored by Field Marshal The Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank GCB, LVO, OBE, DL, and politicians including Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg, and other senior stakeholders in the drone industry, including manufacturers, users, service providers, economists, academics and media were also present.
The new standards are the result of several years’ work and collaboration, and will be a turning point for the UK UAV industry. Robert Garbett, in his role as Chairman of the BSI Committee on Drone Standards, stated in a speech that, “The development and adoption of the first quality and safety standards for the drone industry will make 2018 a pivotal year for an industry which is set to become a global phenomenon.
FEDweek - The White House has ordered federal agencies to accelerate the adoption of cloud usage in 2018, and that has many federal agencies struggling with significant technical and organizational challenges in this shift. But open source cloud platforms (PaaS) can help accelerate this process and make it more manageable.
Building upon the cloud also enables governments to attract and retain digital-native talent that might otherwise shy away from government IT, with its reputation of cumbersome and lengthy development cycles and stovepiped solutions – meaning technical gains could benefit agencies in a variety of ways.
“Difficulties in agency prioritization of resources in support of IT modernization, ability to procure services quickly, and technical issues have resulted in an unwieldy and out-of-date Federal IT infrastructure incapable of operating with the agility and security that is required of a multibillion-dollar Federal IT enterprise,” notes the 2017 Report to the President on Federal IT Modernization.
These challenges, however, are not unique to the United States federal government, and are being faced and addressed by governments around the world, offering insights and lessons on how to proceed.
For example, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Estonia, Israel and others are moving forward with open cloud platforms-as-a-service (PaaS), including Cloud Foundry Application Runtime, allowing them the ability to drive innovation and enable change at a faster rate.
Leading this charge in the UK has been Liam Maxwell, National Technical Adviser to HM Government and former Government Chief Technology Officer.