TechCabal Daily – Jack takes a step back


In 2019, Uganda implemented its first codified data protection legislation, the Data Protection and Privacy Act.

The law establishes principles surrounding the protection, collection and storage of customers’ personal data. It also designates the National Information Technology Authority – Uganda (NITA-U) as the official data protection regulator in the country and provides for penalties for violators.

Since its implementation, Uganda’s data privacy law has proven to be an effective regulator… to some extent anyway.

Unwanted attention

A recent report from Unwanted Witness, a Uganda-based civil society organization, reveals that the country’s tech companies continue to struggle to comply with the law.

Telecom operators are at the heart of Uganda’s digital development and yet are among the worst offenders when it comes to privacy breaches, raising questions about their ability to protect sensitive user data.

The 2021 report reveals that telecoms operators in Uganda fail to provide adequate information to data subjects, mention the sharing of personal data by third parties and provide information on the amount of information they share. This resulted in an overall low score of 35% for the industry when it comes to data compliance.

These digital failures have real consequences, including cyber fraud and hacking.

Alexandria Williams has more Are Ugandan Telecom Operators Equipped to Protect User Data?


It appears that Zimbabwe now taxes everything electronic.

The Zimbabwean government, in 2014, introduced a 25% tax on imported phones to increase declining government revenue as its economy slid back. In 2019, the country also introduced a 2% levy on all electronic transactions, a tax that contributed at least 14% of the total revenue collected in the first quarter of that year.

Today, the government is setting up a additional charge of $ 50 on all new smartphones. Here are the highlights:

  • In addition to an existing 25% import tax, all new cell phones will be subject to a $ 50 tax.
  • The $ 50 levy is part of Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube’s quest to increase the country’s revenue to shore up the proposed spending budget for 2022, which has doubled.
  • New levies will also be applied to other products, including a 5% levy on imported dairy products and a 5% increase in excise duties on cigarettes.
  • Unlike other levies that are collected by state tax authorities, the new levy will be collected by telecom operators like Econet and NetOne.
  • By placing the blame on mobile network operators, Ncube hopes to prevent people from evading the tax as they will be forced to pay the tax to register their phones.


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The introduction of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to football three years ago was supposed to help referees make accurate decisions faster, but it still falls short of expectations when it comes to out-of-court decisions. Game.

During the weekend, VAR set a new record in the Italian Serie A football league with five minutes and 20 seconds to control Tammy Abraham’s offside in preparation for a penalty against Roma against Turin. During the long wait, Roma coach Jose Mourinho grew increasingly frustrated on the sideline, asking what was taking so long, while Nigeria but England international Abraham resorted to juggling with the ball just as a warm-up exercise to stay in the game.

Incidents like this interrupt the flow of the game, which can be frustrating for fans and gamers. But since the offside rule is one of the most controversial and complex laws in football, it is expected that there will be future events like this if something is not done.

FIFA listened

In response to the notoriety of offside decisions, the world’s football governing body, FIFA revealed that he was working on a semi-automatic offside technology, which would be deployed during the FIFA Arab Cup which kicks off today.

How it works: According to FIFA’s Director of Football Technology and Innovation Johannes Holzmüller, around 10 cameras will be placed along the roof of the stadium that will track 29 data points (mostly skeletal movements) per player 50 times per second.

In the event of a potential offside violation, the AI-assisted software will send an alert directly to the VAR team, so they can review it quickly. The VAR team then transmits its decision to the referee.

Zoom out: Earlier this year, former Arsenal manager and current FIFA Head of Global Football Development Arsene Wenger, complained that an average VAR call takes 70 seconds, a long time in football where every second counts. Hopefully, the semi-automatic offside tech helps reduce that this time around.


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Twitter was inundated with information about itself yesterday.

In A press release, Jack Dorsey announced his resignation as CEO. “There’s a lot of talk about the importance of a ‘founder-run’ business,” Dorsey tweeted. “At the end of the day, I think it’s very limiting and it’s a single point of failure. I worked hard so that this company could break with its founder and its founders.

Jack will hand over the reins to Technical Director (CTO), Parag Agrawal, who joined Twitter as an engineer in 2011 and has served as CTO since 2017.

What’s up with this?

According to Jack, “It was my decision and I take it.”

But people think the pressure may have hit him. The day before yesterday, Jack ran two public companies: Twitter and payment processor Square Inc. While Twitter is valued at $ 40 billion, Square has a public market worth over $ 90 billion.

In February 2020, Elliott Management Corporation — an investment firm with a significant stake in Twitter—pushed for Dorsey’s removal as CEO, arguing he paid too little attention to Twitter while also running Square Inc. Dorsey responded by giving the company a seat on Twitter’s 10-person board.

What this means for Twitter

According to Twitter, there will be no changes to the company’s previously shared goals for 2021 or 2023.

Apart from Parag Agrawal who takes the place of CEO, the only other change in leadership will be Bret Taylor, President and COO of Salesforce, who is now the new chairman of the board, succeeding Patrick Pichette.

Meanwhile, Twitter’s actions climb 11% after the announcement.

Big picture: Parag will join a host of other India-born CEOs of big tech companies, including Satya Nadella from Microsoft, Sundar Pichai from Google, Arvind Krishna from IBM, Shantanu Narayen from Adobe and Nikesh Arora from Palo Alto Network.



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