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Uganda is in a mess

First they introduced a social media tax

So everyone started using VPNs

Then they banned VPNs

So the tax was appealed and found unlawful

Now they're saying the ISPs must collect the tax
Permalink Fat Freddy 
July 7th, 2018 12:17pm
Europe says ISPs must enforce copyright law or be liable.

US Supreme Court says that all internet stores must collect sales tax for every one of the several thousands of tax jurisdictions in the US, each with totally different rates and rules about what is taxable.

Australia says foreign companies shipping to Australia must collect sales tax on all sales to them in accordance with their laws and redeem it to the proper territorial tax collecting authorities.

So Uganda is just doing what the west is doing. They are very modern!

I agree that Uganda's people being smart enough to get around all this shit tells you what will happen to all these policies in the west.

Most everything will move to the dark web.

Then the dark web will be banned.

Then there will be an even darker web.
Permalink Reality Check 
July 7th, 2018 12:24pm
Reminds me of...

The clipper chip

DVD region encoding

Sony root-kit-ing their CDs

The US banning exports of Toshiba laptops

The US trying to make encryption algorithms classified

People ended up wearing T-shirts with the algorithm on
Permalink Grumpy Old Git 
July 7th, 2018 12:30pm
So Uganda's tax is 5 cents a day, $1.50 a month for the use of "social media".

Most Ugandans make from $1-$2 a day.

So this tax is about 1/30 of monthly income.

It would be like a $2000 a year social media tax on someone in the US who makes $60,000 a year.

But lets say you, your wife and your three kids use social media.

So the tax is now $10,000 a year - 1/5 your gross income, or 2/3 your net income after other legally mandated taxes and fees.
Permalink Reality Check 
July 7th, 2018 12:49pm
1/3 net income
Permalink Reality Check 
July 7th, 2018 12:50pm
President Yoweri Museveni says social media is only used for "spreading lies and fake news" and unpatriotically squandering income on "fees to foreign-owned telecoms". The purpose of the high cost tax, according to the President, is to get people to stop using social media, which will be "good for Uganda".
Permalink Reality Check 
July 7th, 2018 12:52pm
The government also charges a tax on each byte of data, and recently added a 1% tax on all financial transactions done electronically. Which of course requires that every transaction people do with their phones has to be monitored and reported to the government.

In the past officials have expressed anger at the use of social media to post content critical of the government and some social media users have faced criminal charges over such posts.

Museveni, 73, has come under increasing criticism from local and international rights groups who accuse him of using security forces to clamp down on the opposition and other critics. Last year parliament amended the country’s constitution and removed a 75-year age cap for presidential candidates.
Permalink Reality Check 
July 7th, 2018 12:55pm
According to – a VPN comparison site – the number of Ugandan visitors to its service rose 1567 percent between Saturday and Sunday when the law went live.
Permalink Reality Check 
July 7th, 2018 12:56pm

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