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1-Tax applied to digital giants in France:

This tax brought France 277 million euros in 2019 and 375 million euros in 2020. This tax results from the application of the French law of July 24, 2019. It is inspired by the proposal for a directive of the European Commission concerning the common digital services tax system. This law of July 24 amends the French general tax code in order to include the taxation of internet giants.

2-Austria was a pioneer in Europe in digital taxation:

The Austrian tax entered into force on January 1, 2019. It amounts to 5% of the advertising revenue of companies with more than 750 million euros in annual turnover, from which 25 million are generated in Austria, and is expected to bring in 200 million per year. It is India which first legislated it, by introducing a tax on advertising revenue in 2016, then in 2018 instituting the concept of digital permanent establishment.

3-The African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) publishes an Approach for the development of African tax legislation on digital services:

The document provides a model bill for the introduction of a tax on digital giants. The African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) is an international organization that provides a platform for cooperation among African tax authorities. Designed with help from the OECD in 2008, it was launched in 2009 in Kampala, Uganda. Through mutual cooperation between Member States, ATAF works to increase the level of tax compliance.

4-CONVENTION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FRENCH REPUBLIC AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF MOROCCO:

An agreement between the government of the French Republic and the government of the Kingdom of Morocco aimed at eliminating double taxation and establishing rules of mutual administrative assistance in tax matters. There is a similar convention with Spain as well.
Below the link of the Tax Convention between Morocco and France:
http://www.droit-afrique.com/upload/doc/maroc/Maroc-Convention-fiscale-France.pdf

5-Digital payment of taxes: Case of Morocco

The number of dematerialized transactions carried out in 2020 amounted to 14.25 million, i.e. more than 5.3 times the volume recorded in 2016. 1.93 million certificates were issued online in 2020 against 16,850 in 2016. The volume was thus multiplied by 114 over the period considered. It has also grown by 48% compared to 2019.

6-The evolution of Internet and mobile subscriptions is confirmed in Morocco:

The National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency publishes the telecommunications sector report for the third quarter of 2021. During this quarter, Internet users recorded growth, particularly in terms of mobile and FTTH users. The Internet base stands at 33.86 million subscribers, bringing its penetration rate to 93.24%. It recorded an annual growth of 17.78% (an increase of 5.1 million subscriptions over one year). In this segment, the fiber optic network (FTTH) recorded respective annual and quarterly increases of 81.91% and 15.37% to reach 330,185 subscribers. During the same period, the mobile Internet subscribers reached 31.69 million, an annual increase of 18.41%.

7-Nokia, UNICEF and the Orange Foundation united to strengthen the autonomy of young people in Morocco:

On November 17, 2021, a ceremony took place as part of the UPSHIFT program in Rabat where Nokia, UNICEF and the Orange Foundation are joining forces to strengthen the autonomy of young people in Morocco by giving marginalized ones the means to acquire digital, entrepreneurial and environmental skills. The UPSHIFT program is an initiative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

8-Facebook stops using its facial recognition system:

Citing “societal concerns,” Facebook’s parent company, Meta, said it would no longer use facial recognition to automatically “tag” photos. Data on over a billion users should be erased.
https://www.courrierinternational.com/article/technologie-facebook-cesse-dutiliser-son-systeme-de-reconnaissance-faciale

9-iPhone 13: Face ID will be disabled if the screen is changed by a third-party repairer:

With this decision, Apple wants to force iPhone users to go through Apple stores or authorized repairers
Apple has put in place a new constraint aimed at preventing their devices from being repaired outside Apple and authorized Stores, starting with the iPhone 13. Now, the device is able to detect if the screen has been changed, and, if necessary, deactivates the Face ID of the phone, according to information from iFixit relayed by Phonandroid in November 21.
https://fr.yahoo.com/news/iphone-13-face-id-sera-163502144.html

10-Apple will allow its customers to repair their iPhone themselves:

In a press release published on November 17, Apple announced the marketing of parts for self-repairing Apple products. From 2022, Apple will begin marketing spare parts, in order to allow its customers to repair their Apple products themselves.
https://fr.yahoo.com/news/apple-va-permettre-%C3%A0-clients-163800986.html

11-The ECB takes a first step towards the digital euro:

The European Central Bank (ECB) recently took a first step towards launching a digital version of the euro in order to meet the growing demand for electronic means of payment and to counter the rise of other cryptocurrencies.

12-Joe Biden wants to strengthen the regulation of IT companies:

President Joe Biden signed an executive order encouraging federal agencies to start implementing IT reforms, including restoring web neutrality, and strengthening competition in broadband communications.

13-Which countries dominate the race for 6G?

Most of the major powers are already preparing for the arrival of 6G for implementation around 2030. Statista has just produced a highly informative infographic on this subject based on data from the Cyber Creative Institute. Out of a total of 20,000 patents already filed on this new technology, we can see that 40% come from China.

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