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22 February 2017 Cyberlaw & Technology Watch


How fake news is changing the global media industry

The viral spread of fake news and ‘alternative facts’ is changing the global media industry and moves are well under way to address the problem. Legalbrief reports that the spread of misinformation has been fuelled by the growth of social ... Read More


Heavy sentence for child porn paedophile

A convicted paedophile has been given 32 life sentences and 170 years in prison for 870 charges of rape and possession of child pornography. East Rand car salesperson Warren Troy Knoop was sentenced by Judge Cassim Moosa in the Gauteng ... Read More

Nigerian Internet scammers convicted in Mississippi

Three Nigerian nationals extradited from SA have been convicted of wide-ranging Internet fraud schemes in a US court, unravelling a large network of international Internet scammers. A report on the News24 site notes that Oladimeji Ayelotan, Rasaq Raheem and Femi ... Read More

IBM launches major training programme

IBM is ramping up its digital-skills training programme to accommodate as many as 25m Africans in the next five years. Moneyweb reports that the US tech giant plans to make an initial investment of R945m to roll out the training ... Read More


The battle for the 'connected home'

In less than a year, Amazon's combination of the Echo speaker system and the Alexa voice-controlled digital assistant has come close to delivering on the elusive promise of easy-to-use technology that can control gadgets in the home with a ... Read More


Fresh race row erupts

* Yet another race row has erupted after a woman sent a WhatsApp message containing the K-word by ‘mistake’ to the wrong person. Anilia Van Niekerk Graaf said she deeply regrets what she did. ‘That place is a dump. One bedroom ... Read More

Adapt IT posts positive earnings

* Local IT solutions company Adapt IT has posted positive earnings for the six months ended December 2016 along with R460m in turnover, up from R310m in 2015 during the same period. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation was up ... Read More

Moneyweb generates R17m in revenue

* Financial news content provider Moneyweb has made a profit before tax of R314 000 for the six months ended 31 December 2016. This has mainly been achieved by a 17.15% (R2.510m) increase in revenue from the previous six-month ... Read More