Big Tech

Total 11 Posts

Guarding against internet overlords

The duopolistic Mastercard and Visa payment processor hegemony poses a huge threat to the internet, while over the last few years, the dangers of the power held by Big Tech and governments have been under scrutiny - they shouldn't be the only ones.

The omniscient platforms

Despite us, as individuals not liking any other person to stalk us, we somehow are comfortable with digital platforms collecting all sorts of data on us and constantly monitoring us in the background.

Policymakers are keen on breaking up Big Tech

The chief executives of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google testified before the USA's Congress on 29 July 2020 to defend their market dominance from accusations they’re stifling rivals.

How African countries can prepare for future disruptions

African countries need people who have skills and discipline to drive the next set of digital technology innovations. Education will play a major part in this.

Kenya to levy a 1,5% digital service tax for all online transactions

Kenya's digital service tax law was signed by the Kenya's president during November 2019. It defines a digital marketplace whose transactions are eligible to be taxed as "a platform that enables direct interactions between buyers and sellers of goods and services through electronic means."

Privacy depends on who you are and where you live

Policymakers around the world are grappling with how to limit companies’ use of data about individuals. Just like online privacy, real-world privacy can vary from person to person and situation to situation.

Big Tech has never deserved our trust

Scholars and skeptics warned about Facebook long before its founder was even born. Technology companies keep asking for more and more data and proving they can't be trusted.