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25 November 2017 Cyberlaw & Technology Watch


Media owner rebuked over defamatory social media posts

The Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) on Monday ordered ANN7 and The New Age owner Mzwanele Manyi to remove social media posts he made against billionaire entrepreneur Magda Wierzycka within 24 hours. Legalbrief reports that Wierzycka’s legal team echoed a ... Read More


US commission to dismantle key Internet regulations

The US Federal Communications Commission yesterday (Tuesday) announced that it planned to dismantle landmark regulations that ensure equal access to the Internet, clearing the way for companies to charge more and block access to some websites. The proposal, put forward ... Read More

Naspers seeks fresh mega investments

Naspers is keen to continue its search for e-commerce and tech investments, with Africa’s biggest company happy to deploy a sizeable war chest in its hunt for deals. ‘We have several billion in cash and underutilised credit facilities,’ CEO ... Read More

Mozilla rolls out major update

Mozilla rolled out a major update to its Firefox web browser last week with a bevy of new features, and one old ‘frenemy’: Google. Mozilla said Firefox’s default search engine will be Google in the US, Canada, Hong Kong ... Read More


Alarm bells over smart contracts

Smart contracts were supposed to revolutionise finance. So far, however, they have proven adept mainly at helping people lose their money. A BusinessLIVE analysis notes that digital contracts make use of blockchain technology to get around trusted intermediaries like banks ... Read More

Calls for digital tax revamp

Are US tech giants the new robber barons of the 21st century, banking billions in profit while short-changing the public by paying minimal tax? A report on the eNCA site notes that EU leaders have agreed to tackle the question ... Read More


R27 000 smartphone

* After Apple announced its new slate of smartphones in September, Fin24 crunched the numbers to estimate the cost of the iPhone X to SA consumers. It’s around R18 000. However, it will be knocked into second place with Huawei ... Read More

Fake Twitter account suspended

* A newly created Twitter account that claimed to belong to Zimbabwe's recently sacked Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa – and its incoming leader – has been suspended. The account @presmnangagwa claimed to represent Mnangagwa, whose firing as Vice-President led the military to move ... Read More

Crisis meetings

* Executives from Zimbabwean telecommunications companies have held crisis meetings over the political turmoil in the country. This after the military reportedly assumed control of state media – although defence force leaders denied a military coup. Zimbabwe has three mobile companies, two ... Read More