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20 November 2018 Cyberlaw & Technology Watch


MTN launches fresh Nigerian legal challenge

MTN has sued the Nigerian Government for R11.7m to challenge the legality of allegations against it. At the same time, notes Legalbrief, Africa's biggest telecommunications operator has kept its options open by again meeting with the Central Bank ... Read More


Global initiative to tackle online crime

Fifty nations and more than 150 tech companies are pledging to do more to fight criminal activity on the Internet, including interference in elections and hate speech. However, the US, Russia and China are notable absentees from the initiative. A ... Read More

New laptops automatically disconnect mics

Apple's latest MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops physically disconnect their own microphones when users close their lids. A Business Insider report notes that it helps prevent eavesdroppers from using software-based attacks, like the FruitFly malware, to activate the ... Read More

Internet freedom flourishes in SA

Minister Malusi Gigaba’s ‘romantic’ video, Adam Catzavelos' racist rant, and the Gupta bots have one thing in common: the freedom South Africans have online. A Mail & Guardian Online report notes that Freedom House, a US-based NGO has released its ... Read More


Beginning of the end for traditional smartphones?

What is next for the smartphone, which has become the hottest-selling consumer device around the world in just over a decade? Even as top makers like Apple and Samsung unveil new handsets with new features and improved performance, smartphone sales ... Read More


Twitter scam flagged

* Cryptocurrency scammers are pretending to be Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Twitter, and some of their tweets are being promoted onto timelines through Twitter's ad service. Generally, the scammers will hack a verified account, change the display name to ... Read More

Court hears age-change case

* A Dutch national wants the courts to make him officially 20 years younger, likening the change to identifying as transgender. Emile Ratelband has launched a legal bid to change his age by 20 years in order to improve his chances ... Read More

Intern suspended

* An intern working at Durban’s Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital has been suspended pending an investigation into a series of sexually offensive social media posts. In the posts, the man who cannot be named, threatened to rape young girls who are ... Read More

Policy Watch

ICT: International mobile roadmap out for comment

Comment is sought by 18 January 2019 on a draft roadmap for allocating international mobile telecommunications radio frequency spectrum, which was gazetted on Friday, reports Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. Building on radio frequency migration plan proposals released in August, the ... Read More