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29 September 2020 Cyberlaw & Technology Watch


Courts move to restrict borderless cyberspace

A borderless cyberspace and the ability to send instant communications without any checks or balances is seeing a growing number of companies – and individuals – being hauled before the courts for their e-mail or social media missives, notes Legalbrief ... Read More


AfCFTA to fast track digital economy talks

Negotiations for e-commerce and digital trade under an Africa-wide free-trade pact will be fast-tracked as the coronavirus pandemic heightens the need for a legal and governance framework, according to the zone’s most senior official. The talks that were to have ... Read More

AI systems key to identifying irregular activity

Artificial intelligence (AI) systems can be deployed to analyse data from multiple sources and identify irregular activity. Algorithms can be trained to detect patterns by wading through e-mails, text messages or audio files. In recognising patterns, these algorithms can identify ... Read More

SA companies join Facebook boycott

More than 500 companies are now boycotting Facebook in the US in protest against its policies on hate speech. The movement against the social media platforms gathered momentum after a group of civil rights organisations wrote an open letter to ... Read More


Why data is the new oil – regulator

Following SA’s biggest ever data heist, Chris Barron asked the Information Regulator’s chair, Advocate Pansy Tlakula how it is able to regulate the sale of private data by credit bureaus. In a Sunday Times Q&A, she said the Protection of ... Read More


Google aims to be carbon-free by 2030

* Google aims to power its data centres and offices using solely carbon-free electricity by 2030, its CE said, building on its previous goal of matching its energy use with 100% renewable energy. The ‘stretch goal’, as CE Sundar Pichai described ... Read More

Assistant sacked over Facebook post

* A Christian school assistant has told a tribunal she was ‘shocked’ to be sacked for posting her concerns on Facebook about LGBT relationship lessons. Kristie Higgs was dismissed for gross misconduct by Farmor's School in Gloucestershire last year. Higgs ... Read More


Trump sued for doctored 'racist' baby video

Trump sued for doctored 'racist' baby video The parents of toddlers featured in the doctored ‘racist baby’ video shared by Donald Trump on social media have sued the President and his campaign. The video, which has now been disabled, shows ... Read More

Covid-19 app a hit

Covid-19 app a hitMore than half a m i l l i o n South Africans have already downloaded the country’s Covid-19 tracing app, the Department of Health says. The goal is to get 10m users on the app, Gaurang ... Read More