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Twitter, Taxes and Turkish Prison

Twitter, Taxes and Turkish Prison

With conflict flaring over censorship of Twitter in Turkey around the time of March elections, the Turkish government has reportedly demanded that the company open an office there. Tim Worstall over at PandoDaily writes:

Why not just stick one employee there, as an “office” and make the local government happy? The answer being that having an office in a country changes the tax position completely and the important phrase to understand here for non-accounting types is “permanent establishment.”

Tim rightly points out that taxation of Internet businesses that flow across porous international borders is a thorny subject.  The largest, most successful services are understandable targets for tax authorities.  Nevertheless, in the case of countries like Turkey, I think the discussion of taxes, while valid, is mostly political theater. The main issue in my opinion is free speech, or rather the desire to manage and squash it. Continue Reading

South by Social Media: Improving the Signal-to-Noise Ratio

South by Social Media: Improving the Signal-to-Noise Ratio

It’s impossible to capture all of the ideas, experiences, people, products, pitches, events of such a huge, intense event in one blog post. A few thoughts and resources to cut through the chatter:Continue Reading

Web 2.0 Summit 2010 – Thought Leaders Ponder the “Battelle” for the Network Economy

Web 2.0 Summit 2010 – Thought Leaders Ponder the “Battelle” for the Network Economy

This week, industry leaders, pundits, journalists and assorted hangers-on are gathering in San Francisco for the annual Web 2.0 Summit, one of the online industry’s most influential events. John Battelle and Tim O’Reilly moderate conversations with a long list of Web luminaries, including Eric Schmidt, Carol Bartz, Marc Benioff, Reed Hastings, Peter Chernin, Tony Hsieh, Evan Williams, Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Pincus, Ron Conway, John Doerr, and Fred Wilson.Continue Reading

The Crying of Bin 38: Valley Insiders, Anonymous Quorans, and a Vast Angel-Wing Conspiracy

The Crying of Bin 38: Valley Insiders, Anonymous Quorans, and a Vast Angel-Wing Conspiracy

My particular interest in Angelgate relates to the role of anonymity in social media, its facilitation of information flow in a way never seen before, and the fragility — under some circumstances — of that anonymity. Allowing users to log in via Facebook Connect, Twitter OAuth or Google Apps makes it easier than ever to unmask anonymous posters when a site owner is required to comply with a subpoena or search warrant.Continue Reading

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