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20 October 2020 Cyberlaw & Technology Watch


Fresh moves to restrict social media

Lesotho has become the latest African country to issue regulations on how ordinary citizens use social media. It is seeking to force local social media users with more than 100 followers to register with the Lesotho Communications Authority as ‘Internet ... Read More


Microsoft thwarts major attack

Microsoft has disrupted a massive hacking operation that it said could have indirectly affected election infrastructure if allowed to continue. The company on Monday said it took down the servers behind Trickbot, an enormous malware network that criminals were using ... Read More

Uber and A21 hook up to fight human trafficking

E-hailing service Uber has partnered with an anti-human trafficking organisation to provide tips and resources to counter the escalating scourge. A Cape Argus report notes that A21, a global anti-human trafficking organisation, and Uber will educate drivers to identify and ... Read More

Interdict stalls R538m Eastern Cape e-tablet contract

The Eastern Cape High Court (Bhisho) has found irregularities in the provincial Education Department’s three-year lease agreement to provide e-learning tablets to matriculants. A Daily Dispatch report notes the deal, which is also being probed by the Special Investigating Unit ... Read More


Court unpacks ‘defamatory’ emojis

With the now fast-paced world in the fifth industrial revolution, the legal sector is at the forefront of current global technological growth which makes for a powerful force to enable sustainable change and high levels of accountability and transparency. In ... Read More


Duchess addresses 'unsurvivable’ trolling

* The Duchess of Sussex admits it can be ‘almost unsurvivable’ receiving so much hate from people but she has found that meditation is ‘key’. ‘I'm told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world ... Read More

Policy Watch

Copyright Bill process in limbo

‘Deliberations’ in the National Assembly Trade & Industry Committee on the remitted 2017 Copyright Amendment Bill’s ‘B’ version and a ‘B’ version of the 2016 Performers’ Protection Amendment Bill were postponed three times last week – most recently to a ... Read More