Here are the main tech ballot initiatives that passed in this election

While the presidential election is still in the balance, several ballot initiatives with broad implications for how we use technology have passed.

Ballot initiatives pose questions to voters and can—if passed—create, amend, or repeal existing state laws. In total, there were 129 statewide ballot initiatives across the country in this presidential election, including many related to taxation and drug legalization.

Here’s a round-up of some of the initiatives on tech policy with broader national implications, and what they might mean for consumers, privacy, and corporations. We’ll update it as the passage of more such questions is confirmed over the next few days.

California: gig workers will not become employees 

Proposition 22 was easily approved by California voters, meaning that gig workers for apps like Lyft, Uber, and Doordash will not become employees of those companies. Instead they will remain independent contractors. This essentially overturns AB-5, passed last year, which would

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Cloud, programming skills gap impedes SMEs’ digital initiatives

Although digital adoption is accelerating among South African small businesses, more than two-thirds (67%) admit to struggling to source the right tech talent required to implement their digital strategies.

This is according to the fourth annual State of Small Business reportby global small business platform Xero, in partnership with World Wide Worx. The research is based on responses from 400 small business owners and 200 accountants in SA.

According to the report, virtually every small business in South Africa has adopted some form of technology they now rely on, with 97% saying they invested in new technologies in 2019.

Adoption of cloud accounting technology leapt from 13% in 2017 to 61% in 2020, indicating that more than half of small businesses can now manage their finances remotely.

Over half (53%) of businesses found that adopting technology resulted in ‘somewhat big’ or ‘big’ increases to their profitability. Despite this, many

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