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By Andy Neill What is ethical AI? In 2017, the Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence was appointed by the House of Lords. Their role is to consider the economic, ethical and social implications of advances in artificial intelligence. As part of their 2017-2019 session report, they suggested the following AI code: 1. Artificial intelligence should […]

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By Michael Hall Data loss, malware, and hackers; you hear about them all the time, but that has nothing to do with you, right? Sadly, that’s not the case. For legal firms, corporate legal departments and financial institutions who handle massive amounts of confidential data, the threat of breach due to human error is ever-present. Each […]

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By Dinesh Agrawal, Ankit A. Shah, Pranay Sahay The Authority of Advance Ruling (AAR) in the state of Karnataka, in its order in Columbia Asia Hospitals Private Limited (the Applicant) dated 27 July 2018, made critical observations concerning the taxability of employee cost at a corporate office under Goods and Services Tax (GST). Background The […]

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