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18 January 2022 Cyberlaw & Technology Watch


Telkom asked to abandon spectrum auction legal action

The war over spectrum has resumed, with SA's mobile telecommunications operators teaming up against Telkom as it bids to stop the upcoming spectrum auction, writes Legalbrief. Meanwhile, Icasa has appealed to Telkom to abandon its legal action aimed at ... Read More


ANC punts digital migration, access to broadband

The ANC has reiterated that digital migration and access to broadband remain key priorities in 2022. An IT Web report notes that this comes as the ANC looks to various reforms to revive the economy post-Covid-19, after the deadly virus ... Read More

Justice Department hack attack still being investigated

Justice & Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola said last week a ransomware attack on his department's IT systems is still under investigation. According to a News24 report, in September last year, ransomware was detected in the IT systems of the ... Read More

Sub-Saharan Africa lost R31bn to shutdowns – study

Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa lost a combined R30.88bn from their economies because of widespread Internet shutdowns by regimes, as demonstrations and crackdowns on opposition and civic society ensued last year. A News24 report notes that this is contained in ... Read More


New Index on Responsible AI looks to global south

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning have the potential to contribute to the resolution of some of the most intractable problems of our time, such as climate change and pandemics. ‘But they have the capacity to cause harm too,’ ... Read More

Alert for governments on IP laws

In June 2021, SA's patent office granted a patent to an invention created by an AI system, constituting a world first in a field that has traditionally been hostile to ‘artificially intelligent’ inventors. The Device for the Autonomous Bootstrapping of ... Read More


Proposed Atlantica/Abengoa merger gets the nod

* The Competition Tribunal has conditionally approved the proposed large merger whereby Atlantica Sustainable Infrastructure intends to acquire the employees of Abengoa South Africa and the assets of solar company Kaxu CSP. The tribunal said the transaction is approved subject to ... Read More

Digital Reality takes controlling stake in Teraco

* US-based cloud computing provider Digital Reality has taken a controlling stake in SA data centre group Teraco – for about R55.51bn. The deal sees Digital Reality take a 55% holding in Teraco, with the existing investors, including management, Berkshire ... Read More

Isizwe gets funding grant from GIF

* Isizwe, an Internet service provider that offers online access to low-income communities in SA, has raised $460 000 in funding from Global Innovation Fund  to de-risk its model and encourage further investment. Launched as Project Isizwe back in 2013, Isizwe ... Read More


Restaurant labels fish with QR codes

If you order snapper at a restaurant, you probably expect to be served snapper. But multiple reports over the last decade say there's a strong chance you'll be getting a lower-value fish. A 2019 study by conservation organisation ... Read More

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