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Data is the next bigger thing than Oil – Kampala Geopolitics Conference

KAMPALA – With this digital era that is technologically led and with the recent COVID-19 Pandemic that has catalyzed the revolution, the use of data or internet is the future of the forth coming generations. This was during the six – day Kampala Geopolitics Conference held on Friday, October 23, tackling the fourth industrial revolution.

The session had speakers with vast experience in law that included; Robert Kirunda founding partner of Kirunda & Wasike Advocates, Alice Namuli Blazevic, partner head of tech and Innovation at Katende, Ssempebwa & Co advocates, Sebastian Weise, Konrad – Adenauer – Stiftung (KAS) and Dr. Pascal Boniface, founding partner at French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS).

Speaking at the session Robert Kirunda, said that our generation needs to know that data is bigger than oil, and that means one has to think beyond that one degree.

“We should look at the madness as Bill Clinton said and young people should be taught on how look for the opportunities. The unique thing is that people should harness on doing their role and the fight in the future is going to be digital. Nano technology is one of those things and glad that some Ugandans are embracing it”. Said Mr. Kirunda.

He also added that the  nature of challenges has shifted, citing  that China used artificial intelligence  during COVID-19 and that as the  pandemic came on board a lot of work had to go on despite.

In her remarks, Alice Namuli Blazevic noted that Uganda is trying and there are regulations in place to work but the lack of implementation and enforcement is the Problem.

“Only 9 countries have regulations on cyber security though we do not have the capability and proper skills.  For us it is NITA, Court of Laws, Police and a few others bodies. Most of them do not understand these things yet they are the ones handling this. Look at the matter of mobile money, it has transformed business and yet some people were pessimistic about the development.” Namuli added.

She urged Africans to have one voice so that they can have one bargaining power than working in silos because of the aggregated results.



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