Policy making Category: Policy making

Ukrainian information ministry asks Facebook for help to combat fake news

Last week Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine Yurii Stets appealed to Facebook to develop a verification mechanism to filter out fake news.

The Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine also promised to cooperate with Facebook – which is used by around 3 million Ukrainians on a daily basis – in tackling the problem of fake news.

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MP asks Elon Musk to build Tesla plant in Ukraine

A Ukrainian lawmaker has written to Elon Musk, the CEO of U.S. electric car producer Tesla Motors, asking that the tech entrepreneur consider building a Tesla car factory in Ukraine.

The letter, from People’s Front party lawmaker Viktor Romaniuk, comes after Musk announced his company was to make a “significant investment” in expanding its European operations. However,  Tesla has neither confirmed the timescale for building its research center in Europe, nor specified a location so far.

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New law allows Ukrainian service exporters to deal with foreign companies by email or invoice

Earlier this week the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, approved amendments to the Ukrainian export legislation, which may facilitate the export of services. The new legislation will apply to all exporting companies, including service providers and freelancers from the IT industry.

The new legislation lifts the obligation to sign a paper contract, use a rubber stamp, provide a report of completion and translate documents from English to Ukrainian when delivering services to a client from outside the country.

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Ukrainian IT business targeted by indiscriminate secret service pressure

Since early 2010 the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) has been checking the legality of the work of IT companies. While some cases of large investigation program towards big IT-companies proved to be justified, law-abiding IT businesses have also been targeted. Among the latest examples are Adamant, Lucky Labs, KM Core, and V.O.K.S.

Sadly enough, the guilt of IT-companies has been proven in none of the cases, writes The Libertarian Republic.

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All iPhone 7 owners in Ukraine are criminals, says head of Ukraine’s fiscal service

Head of Ukraine’s Fiscal Service Roman Nasirov said on Sept. 27 that all the iPhones 7 that are found in Ukraine have been smuggled into the country.

“If you see someone with an iPhone 7, you can tell those people that they are criminals,” Nasirov said at the Cabinet of Ministers’ meeting.

According to him, for the last two weeks, the customs officers have focused on looking particularly for Apple electronics on the border, and especially iPhone 7, their latest smartphone released on Sept. 7.

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Ukrainian bank to lend €50 million to innovative SMBs with EU backing

Last week the European Investment Fund (EIF), a EU-backed organization supporting small and mid-sized businesses across the continent, announced a partnership with Ukraine’s ProCredit Bank to bring financial support to Ukrainian innovative SMBs and mid-caps.

The agreement is supported by the guarantee facility of InnovFin – EU finance for Innovators, with the financial backing of the European Union under the Horizon 2020 funding program.

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NBU simplifies settlements for purchases of services and IP rights

The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has abolished the requirement for Ukrainian residents to obtain a price evaluation act to make cross-border payments for the purchase of services and IP rights from foreign residents in the amount exceeding €50,000. The central bank’s decision took effect on August 19, 2016.

Previously, such price evaluations were delivered by the State Research and Information Centre for Monitoring International Commodity Markets (Derzhzovnishinform).

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First cybercops graduate in Ukraine

They’re not robocops from the movies, but 84 graduates of a special four-month cyberpolice course, who on July 17 started serving in Kharkiv at a special police department devoted to online law enforcement and security.

The 84 new cybercops include 20 special IT agents and 64 inspectors who will “ensure the online security of every citizen of Ukraine,” form the “image of the nation’s law enforcement in the international cyber arena,” and “fight cybercrime,” the National Police says.

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Poroshenko promises IT community better business climate

Meeting with representatives of IT community on July 6, Poroshenko promised his administration would draft legislation to issue special visas for IT specialists to attract more foreign investors and qualified IT professionals to Ukraine’s burgeoning tech sector.

Lithuania’s parliament at the end of June passed a bill on startup visas to attract foreign IT specialists to the Baltic country.

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Private equity for national security: US government fund to invest up to $62 million in Ukraine’s modernization

Earlier this month the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, announced support for eight new development projects totaling nearly $1.2 billion in OPIC financing.

Ukraine is among the countries concerned by these private sector-led development projects, along with Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and South America, in a variety of sectors.

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