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Paula Hulley
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#IABSummit19: 7 insights into the direct brand economyArticle

In her opening address at the IAB Summit, which took place on Thursday, 30 May at the Joburg Theatre in Braamfontein, IAB CEO Paula Hulley shared seven key insights from the IAB Global Direct Brand Report on the direct brand economy...

Jessica Tennant 4 Jun 2019

Magdi Amin, investment partner, Omidyar Network
Protecting the identity of Africans in a common digital marketArticle

Africa's digital revolution is transforming our economy at a record pace. Africa is home to the 10 fastest growing cities in the world, and for nearly a decade, we've had the world's fastest rate of internet adoption...

Magdi Amin 26 Apr 2019

Facebook marks Safer Internet Day, partnering 20+ African NGOs
Facebook marks Safer Internet Day, partnering 20+ African NGOsArticle

Facebook has announced that it is supporting Safer Internet Day, held annually on 5 February, with a campaign spanning 15-plus African countries...

5 Feb 2019

Gabonese soldiers stand in front of the headquarters of the national broadcaster in Libreville on January 7, 2019, after a failed coup. Gabon shut down the internet and broadcasting services following the coup attempt. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Steve Jordan.
Gabon internet blackout after coup attemptArticle

Gabon shuts down the internet and broadcasting services following coup attempt...

11 Jan 2019

Late voters check a list in a school in Kinshasa on December 30, during Democratic Republic of Congo's general elections. Authorities have cut internet access and blocked the signals to at least two news broadcasters while the results are counted. Credit: CPJ: AFP/Luis Tato.
DRC authorities cut internet and broadcast signals after electionArticle

Democratic Republic of Congo cut access to internet and SMS services, blocked the signals of at least two broadcasters...

8 Jan 2019

The age of Multi-Channel Networks (MCNs): The ins and outs from SA's first commercial network
The age of Multi-Channel Networks (MCNs): The ins and outs from SA's first commercial networkArticle

As more video content is consumed on the internet, finding the specialists in optimising that content is going to be vital...

Danilo Acquisto 17 Apr 2018

Why release of two journalists in Ethiopia does not signal end to press crackdown
Why release of two journalists in Ethiopia does not signal end to press crackdownArticle

Ethiopia's use of imprisonment, harassment, and surveillance means that the country continues to be a hostile environment for journalists...

Muthoki Mumo and Jonathan Rozen 26 Jan 2018

Booby-trapped messaging apps used for spying
Booby-trapped messaging apps used for spyingArticle

SAN FRANCISCO, US: An espionage campaign using malware-infected messaging apps has been stealing smartphone data from activists, soldiers, lawyers, journalists and others in more than 20 countries...

22 Jan 2018

Uproar over internet shutdowns
Uproar over internet shutdownsArticle

Between January and June 2017, nine countries globally experienced internet blockades, including three in Africa - Cameroon, Egypt and Ethiopia...

Tonderayi Mukeredzi 26 Sep 2017

Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa kicks off this week
Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa kicks off this weekArticle

The Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2017 (FIFAfrica2017) is set for 27-29 September 2017. The event convenes various stakeholders from the internet governance and online rights arenas in Africa...

26 Sep 2017

Star India bags IPL media rights for $2.55bn
Star India bags IPL media rights for $2.55bnArticle

NEW DELHI - Broadcast giant Star India has won global media rights for the highly lucrative Indian Premier League, the most popular sports event in the cricket-mad country of 1.25 billion, with a record $2.55 billion bid...

6 Sep 2017

Internet shutdown lifted in Cameroon
Internet shutdown lifted in CameroonArticle

Internet access restored in anglophone Cameroon after three months, following a widely-criticised government shutdown...

24 Apr 2017

Microsoft victory in overseas data privacy case stands
Microsoft victory in overseas data privacy case standsArticle

A federal appeals court on Tuesday reaffirmed Microsoft's legal right to refuse a US government order to hand over data stored overseas in a case with important privacy implications...

27 Jan 2017

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Discover Digital rolls out African video on demand infrastructureArticle

Discover Digital, is building in-market caching, storage and video on demand (VOD) server technology in its new markets across Africa...

1 Dec 2016

Stop gentrifying our internet #DataMustFall
Stop gentrifying our internet #DataMustFallArticle

The #DataMustFall movement in South Africa hasn't come a moment too soon. South Africa's mobile internet remains one of the most expensive in the world...

Mia Arderne, Issued by Oxbridge Academy 6 Oct 2016

Mobile will be the TV of the future
Mobile will be the TV of the futureArticle

According to Discover Digital, a digital entertainment and video on demand (VOD) services company, traditional broadcasting is changing as more consumers turn to mobile...

22 Sep 2016

AFEX members call for internet shutdowns in Africa to stop
AFEX members call for internet shutdowns in Africa to stopArticle

African media rights organisations, through the African Freedom of Expression Exchange, have called for African governments to stop internet shutdowns...

15 Sep 2016

Rockefeller 2016 Global Social Innovation Fellows announced
Rockefeller 2016 Global Social Innovation Fellows announcedArticle

The 2016 Fellows for the Rockefeller Foundation Global Fellowship Program on Social Innovation were recently announced...

24 May 2016

Twitter restores access to politicians' deleted tweets
Twitter restores access to politicians' deleted tweetsArticle

WASHINGTON, USA: Twitter said it was restoring access to deleted tweets from politicians, saying it would help "bring more transparency to public dialogue..."

5 Jan 2016

Nissan becomes a global ICC sponsor through 2023
Nissan becomes a global ICC sponsor through 2023Article

Nissan has agreed to a major eight-year deal with the International Cricket Council (ICC) that further strengthens its ties with global sport...

14 Oct 2015

Copyright Amendment Bill - a diamond in the rough
Copyright Amendment Bill - a diamond in the roughArticle

The Copyright Amendment Bill is by all accounts a grave misfortune and a study in amateur law making. However, it is noteworthy that the Bill contains a set of provisions that is deserving of closer analysis...

Cobus Jooste 26 Aug 2015

Execution of Copyright Amendment Bill 'abysmal'
Execution of Copyright Amendment Bill 'abysmal'Article

The Copyright Amendment Bill, published by the dti in the Government Gazette of 27 July 2015, has some good points but the execution is abysmal...

Prof Owen Dean 11 Aug 2015

Anger as German 'digital rights' blog probed for treason
Anger as German 'digital rights' blog probed for treasonArticle

BERLIN, GERMANY: German journalists and lawmakers warned of an attack on press freedom on Friday following news of a treason probe against bloggers...

3 Aug 2015

Pakistan cyber bill threatens free speech, privacy: rights groups
Pakistan cyber bill threatens free speech, privacy: rights groupsArticle

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN: International rights organisations including Human Rights Watch on Monday urged Pakistan's parliament to reject a proposed cyber crime bill that they said threatened freedom of expression and privacy...

21 Apr 2015

Carey van Vlaanderen
Security lessons learned from Sony's most notorious hackArticle

In late November 2014, Sony was the victim of a cyber-attack that involved the release of stolen data, including yet-to-be-released films...

Carey van Vlaanderen 9 Feb 2015

Availability of low-cost smartphones will increase in 2015 - A4AI
Availability of low-cost smartphones will increase in 2015 - A4AIArticle

The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) has predicted that availability of low-cost smartphones will increase in 2015...

19 Jan 2015

Video on Demand to drive requirement for carrier neutral POPs in Africa
Video on Demand to drive requirement for carrier neutral POPs in AfricaArticle

Video on Demand (VoD), the ability to access specific video content at a convenient time and place on a convenient device through the internet, has previously been an unfeasible technology in much of Africa as it requires large amounts of affordable, available and reliable bandwidth in order to operate...

Eckart Zollner 5 Jan 2015

Steve Jobs gives posthumous testimony in Apple trial
Steve Jobs gives posthumous testimony in Apple trialArticle

NEW YORK CITY, US: Three years after the tech world mourned his passing, Apple mastermind Steve Jobs was back from the dead on Friday giving posthumous testimony in a video at a US antitrust trial...

8 Dec 2014

New Cabinet a blow to the right to communicate says R2K
New Cabinet a blow to the right to communicate says R2KArticle

The Right2Know Campaign (R2K) has strong reservations regarding some aspects of Zuma's new Cabinet, which includes a new Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services and a reconceptualised Ministry of Communications.

27 May 2014

Stealing from thieves
Stealing from thievesArticle

Digital music sales were seen by many as the saviour of the music recording industry after rampant piracy and illegal file sharing in the 1990's threatened to derail one of the most important and versatile industries.

Stephen Hollis 23 Apr 2014

SA Book Fair features impact of eBooks on education
SA Book Fair features impact of eBooks on educationArticle

As part of this year's South African Book Fair, the topic of 'the future of eBooks: the impact of the digital eBook phenomenon" will be a key focus.

25 Mar 2014

Disney channels offer streaming over the Internet
Disney channels offer streaming over the InternetArticle

NEW YORK - US media company Disney has made a deal with satellite operator Dish Network to allow its channels to be watched over the Internet -- streamed to smartphones, tablets, computers, or a traditional TV.

5 Mar 2014

US eyes phase-out of old telephone network
US eyes phase-out of old telephone networkArticle

WASHINGTON, US: America's plain old telephone network is rapidly being overtaken by new technology, putting US regulators in a quandary over how to manage the final stages of transformation.

29 Nov 2013

US, British spy agencies crack Web encryption
US, British spy agencies crack Web encryptionArticle

WASHINGTON, USA: US and British intelligence agencies have cracked the encryption that secures a wide range of online communications including emails, banking transactions and phone conversations, according to newly leaked documents.

6 Sep 2013

Cell phone records report triggers US outrage
Cell phone records report triggers US outrageArticle

WASHINGTON, US: Civil liberty groups and privacy campaigners reacted with outrage on Thursday, 6 June 2013, to a report that the US intelligence community, under President Barack Obama, is pursuing the wide-scale monitoring of millions of Americans' cell phone records.

7 Jun 2013

Google offers estate planning service
Google offers estate planning serviceArticle

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Google last week began letting people plan what is to be done with their digital photos, documents and other virtual belongings after they die or become incapacitated.

15 Apr 2013

Clipping service infringes copyright
Clipping service infringes copyrightArticle

WASHINGTON, USA: A US federal judge has ruled that the online news "clipping" service Meltwater violates copyright law by using excerpts from Associated Press articles, the parties said on Thursday (21 March).

22 Mar 2013

Hacker sentenced to 41 months
Hacker sentenced to 41 monthsArticle

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: A judge on Monday (18 March) ordered a 41-month prison sentence for a self-described "security research" hacker for breaking into the AT&T online network in a case criticised by digital rights activists.

19 Mar 2013

Songrab to launch a new take on music distributionArticle

Songrab.com will soon be launched and will enable fans to support their favourite musicians without having to dip into their own wallets, but still generating income for them via their social actions, by providing a fresh take on "share to download" that will benefit local musicians.

18 Sep 2012

Are you a content producer in Africa? Here is how to earn some cash
Are you a content producer in Africa? Here is how to earn some cashArticle

If you are a content producer in Africa, you don't have to be in Hollywood or Bollywood for your work to be viewed in the United States. Carole Kimutai speaks to Victor Mallet, a Ghanaian who is making this a reality through the website, ReelAfrican.com, that hosts African films, TV series and documentaries.

Carole Kimutai: @CaroleKimutai 5 Jul 2012

Formation of digital rights group LCC
Formation of digital rights group LCCArticle

Following its plenary meeting in Brussels late last week, industry experts have declared the formation of the Linked Content Coalition (LCC), the global project to facilitate the communication and expression of digital rights information in the creative content sector, necessary and feasible.

27 Jun 2012

A tablet made for South Africans
A tablet made for South AfricansArticle

Local developer Wise Tablets, based in Centurion, has announced the imminent release of a new range of tablets that will cater specifically for the country's consumer and educational needs.

Shamin Chibba 29 Nov 2011

National Geographic Channels International obtains rights
National Geographic Channels International obtains rightsArticle

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA: National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) has announced the acquisition of National Geographic Television International's (NGTI) sales and distribution operations and related programming rights in a move that allows it to extend and control exclusivity windows for partners carrying its networks worldwide in 163 countries.

23 Sep 2011

Media, entertainment industries ill-prepared for today's digital realities
Media, entertainment industries ill-prepared for today's digital realitiesArticle

NEW YORK, US / JOHANNESBURG, SA: An overwhelming majority (91%) of senior executives of media and entertainment companies admit that they are not taking full advantage of customer data that can deliver customised content, leaving them ill-prepared to seize the revenue opportunities of today's digital technologies, according to a new Accenture survey.

13 Jul 2011

E-book conference indicates paradigm shiftArticle

The Van Schaik In Search of E-learning Excellence conference was held on 5 May 2011 at Zevenwacht Wine Estate in the Cape where key speakers addressed the paradigm shift in the parameters of booksellers' business models and the academic book market with the increase in e-books.

15 May 2011

Egypt's internet shutdown draws fire in USArticle

WASHINGTON: The Egyptian government's unprecedented shutdown of internet access came under fire on Friday (28 January 2011) from the White House, social networking giants and digital rights groups.

1 Feb 2011

Google updates service tracker amid Egypt shutdown
Google updates service tracker amid Egypt shutdownArticle

SAN FRANCISCO: An internet blockade in Egypt has inspired Google to provide an improved tool for tracking access to the firm's popular websites.

31 Jan 2011

EGYPT: Embattled regime cuts internet servicesArticle

CAIRO: Twitter was an early casualty. Then Facebook access became spotty. But when the internet itself went down, Egyptian pro-democracy activists knew their protests were having an effect. This report was dictated on landline phone from Cairo to the IPS office in London.

Cam McGrath 31 Jan 2011

Google seeking Miramax films for YouTube
Google seeking Miramax films for YouTubeArticle

SAN FRANCISCO: Google has been gradually adding professional content to YouTube in a bid to attract advertisers and turn a profit with the site it bought for US$1.65 billion four years ago.

24 Nov 2010

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