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Anne Petterd and Mattias Hedwall join Raffaele Giarda in a timely discussion on COVID-19’s impact on the TMT sector and supply chain. The episode begins with insights on how the TMT sector’s supply chain has been affected and how companies in the tech industry have chosen to respond in the last few months, and ends with providing listeners a view of possible long-term solutions to disruptions in the supply chain. With “Coronavirus: Impact on the TMT Sector and Supply Chain,” TMT Talk…

“AI in the Time of Coronavirus” tackles how companies and governments are using technology to help fight the COVID-19 outbreak and alleviate its effects. The episode also contains discussion on the interconnected privacy and cybersecurity issues that come with investment in technological solutions during crises. With big data, predictive analytics, social media, and surveillance technology as just some of the key points, Raffaele Giarda, Jay Ruan, and Paolo Sbuttoni have an insightful conversation on how the modern world faces…

On December 17, 2019, The Australian Human Rights Commission unveiled a Discussion Paper on Human Rights and Technology, which includes draft proposals to prevent discrimination driven by artificial intelligence (AI) and intrusive facial recognition. This follows the recent rejection of the Australian Government’s proposed facial recognition legislation by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) due to privacy concerns. The discussion paper proposes a National Strategy on New and Emerging Technologies for Australia to help…

On 25 March 2019, the Italian Government (“Government”) passed Law Decree No. 22 (“Decree 22/2019”) which includes, among others, provisions on the so-called “special powers” of the Government in relation to broadband electronic communications based on 5G technology. Decree 22/2019 became effective on 26 March 2019 and will need to be converted into law by no later than 24 May 2019. The express intent of Decree 22/2019 is to adjust the Government’s special powers (“Special…

What does 2019 hold for businesses in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector and what legal and regulatory trends should be on their radar? A complex question in a world in which the boundaries between areas are blurring to an extent that car manufacturers are becoming tech companies, traditional content producers are launching their own direct-to-consumer streaming services, and telecommunications providers are moving into adjacent industries to make up for declines in traditional revenues. Everywhere,…

The Australian government on 13 August 2018 published the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill. This Bill will bring important changes to the regulation of electronic communication services in Australia. This proposed new law enables national security agencies and law enforcement bodies to deliver either a request (“technical assistance request”) or a requirement (“technical assistance notice” or “technical capability notice”) that will require a “designated communications provider” (a widely defined term that will…

On June 5, 2018, the Government of Canada announced via news release the launch of a review of Canada’s Telecommunications Act, Broadcasting Act and Radiocommunication Act, to modernize Canada’s communication legislative framework. The review will be carried out by a panel of seven members from law, business and academics, and will conclude with the publishing of a final report by January 31, 2020. The scope and objectives of the review are set out in Terms…

After decades of relative isolation, the regulatory framework in the Information Technology and Communications (ITC) space in Myanmar has remained fairly undeveloped amidst stellar business growth, particularly in Telecommunications. Nevertheless, there are some strict compliance points that ITC businesses must identify and address.To provide context, a recent report released by The Economist Corporate Network, sponsored by Baker McKenzie highlights that Myanmar had only “thousands” of sim cards prior to the reform period in 2013. This…

On January 17, 2017, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (the “Commission”) published Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2017-11 (Application of regulatory obligations directly to non-carriers offering and providing telecommunications services) (“Policy 2017-11”).Under Policy 2017-11, the Commission directed resellers (also known as non-carriers), as a condition of offering and providing any telecommunications services in Canada, to abide by all applicable existing consumer safeguard obligations set out in Policy 2017-11, including the obligation to register with the…