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20 September 2017 Cyberlaw & Technology Watch


Will the bitcoin bubble burst?

While the jury is out on the worldwide cryptocurrency and digital payment system known as bitcoin, a growing number of investors, merchants and vendors are taking it very seriously. After all, notes Legalbrief, the currency has jumped about 600% in ... Read More


Togo uses Internet cuts to restrict protests

After 50 years of repressive rule by the same family, the people of Togo rebelled. More than 100 000 protesters filled the streets of the small West African nation over the past week. The regime responded with a strong-arm tactic ... Read More

Suspected child porn pastor arrested

A Rondebosch, Cape Town, youth pastor has been arrested in connection with sexual offences suspected to involve as many as 60 children. The 26-year-old man was arrested on the church premises a week ago. A report on the News24 site ... Read More

Google appeals against EU antitrust fine

Google has appealed against its EU antitrust fine after Intel's partial victory last week against a similar EU sanction. A Jurist report notes that Google's appeal comes two months after the initial antitrust fine by the European Commission ... Read More


Traffic demerit law a tech nightmare

From a technology perspective, implementing the demerit traffic law – the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Amendment Bill – will be a nightmare. This is according to analysts and industry players as the Bill moves closer to being signed into ... Read More

The pros and cons of e-voting

Allegations of computer hacking in Kenya's August election have reignited a debate around the use of digital technology in national votes, with experts suggesting ‘paper may be best’. The discussion is no longer theoretical in Africa where an increasing ... Read More


How webmasters influence search results

* Website administrators increasingly are barring some search engines from all or part of their sites, while granting others more access, according to a recent study by Penn State University researchers. Lee Giles, an information sciences and technology professor and the ... Read More

Google meltdown

* Google has gone down in a number of countries. The world’s leading search engine, which offers Gmail e-mail service, the video hosting platform Youtube, Google Maps, Google Talk and the Google+ social network, appears to have shut down yesterday ... Read More


Spotify for SA?

Spotify for SA? The big daddy of streaming music services, Spotify, finally looks set to launch in SA. The company has placed a job advertisement for a senior editor and music programmer for the local market. The ad suggests that ... Read More