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07 July 2020 Cyberlaw & Technology Watch


Why Facebook is bleeding …

‘We re-connected to our friends, family and local communities in a way we haven't done in my lifetime. We even clapped together on our doorsteps for hero health workers. But then came BLM – and we've quickly morphed ... Read More


Google to pay news publishers

In a dramatic about-turn, Google has announced that it will start paying certain news publishers for content. The company says it will pay publishers for in-depth content, and will also license paywalled articles on publishers' sites to make them free ... Read More

Commission, MTN reach data price agreement

The Competition Commission and MTN have reached an agreement that will see reduced data prices, reports TimesLIVE. The commission said a consent agreement concluded between itself and MTN to reduce data prices had been finalised. ‘This follows the commission’s data ... Read More

Telecom firms cleared to share data

Vodadafone and MTN’s Ghanaian units have been granted permission to share subscriber data with the government to help it track down the contacts of coronavirus cases. This follows an Accra High Court ruling that noted that it would go against ... Read More


The challenges of e-learning in Africa

SA student Kholofelo Mohale was thrilled as she moved back into her room at Wits University after struggling with months of e-learning. A report on the News24 site notes that the campus was closed to prevent the spread of Covid-19 ... Read More

How Facebook fuelled the flames

ln September 2018, a group of academics, civil society organisations and journalists gathered at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California. The off-the-record event, designed to explore how social media content can lead to offline harm in vulnerable communities, coincided ... Read More


YouTube star quits

* YouTube star Jenna Mourey, known by her channel name Jenna Marbles, announced Thursday she is leaving the platform amid a controversy over racially offensive videos. ‘I feel like we're at a time where we are purging ourselves of anything ... Read More

New features launched

* Market commentators view Apple’s announcements at last week’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2020 as one of the company’s most important strategic moves of the past decade. Among the key announcements were details of the watchOS 7 – with a pandemic-inspired handwashing ... Read More

Facebook 'killer' arrested

* A man who allegedly used Facebook to lure women to his house and rape them, has been linked to the murder of a woman last month. Police have linked him to the murder after arresting him for allegedly raping a ... Read More


Trump hits a nerve again

Trump hits a nerve again   President Donald Trump on Sunday morning widely shared a video he said was from the Villages, a retirement community in Florida, in which a man driving a golf cart with Trump campaign posters is ... Read More

Policy Watch

More information on gatherings, contact tracing

Amendments to the 29 April Covid-19 disaster management regulations on contact tracing have been amended to provide for the inclusion of geospatial hotspot mapping in the Covid-19 database, along with related high-tech data collection activities. Amendments to the 28 May ... Read More