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23 March 2018 Cyberlaw & Technology Watch


Facebook reeling over massive data breach

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica are reeling following revelations of a massive data breach that affected tens of millions of people. Legalbrief reports that the data company is being investigated in two inquiries in the UK and one in the US ... Read More


Britain gets tough on hate speech platforms

Facebook's decision to remove the accounts of far-right political group Britain First and its leaders is the latest instance of social media companies cracking down on hate speech. This after the company initially expressed a reluctance to engage in ... Read More

Cryptocurrency offers major bounty

One of the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchanges is going on the offensive to deter hacking attempts that have plagued the industry. Binance is offering the equivalent of $250 000 (paid in cryptocurrency) for information that leads to the arrest of ... Read More

First machine translation system created

A team of Microsoft researchers has created the first machine translation system that’s capable of translating news articles from Chinese to English with the same accuracy as a person. The company says it’s tested the system repeatedly on a sample ... Read More


The banner ad revolution

lan Gould was hitting a wall. It was the late 1990s, and the political advertising operative had an idea about using a relatively newfangled tool – banner ads on web sites – to promote political candidates. ‘It was pretty clear ... Read More


Lecturer wins Facebook research award

* Moi University lecturer Dr Duncan Omanga has won the inaugural Facebook Research Award beating other applicants from across the globe. The award was given by the social media giant under the Facebook Protect and Care Research projects. Omanga is the ... Read More

Multi-tasking official probed

* Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has tweeted that his ministry will investigate a video of what appears to be an official at the department using her phone while working. The one-minute video shows her looking through a passport while occasionally ... Read More


* EFF leader Julius Malema has reiterated his pledge to remove current DA Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Athol Trollip, in a Twitter spat at the weekend. This comes days after the Economic Freedom Fighters filed a notice of intent to bring ... Read More