TOBY SHAPSHAK: Privacy protection arrives at long last

The much-heralded Popi Act will finally bring meaningful legislation to protect SA’s digital privacy and our personal data

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: A minimum of tax justice for Big Tech

A global minimum tax came a step closer at the G7 summit, where it was called ‘fit for the global digital age’. Let’s hope so

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google meet the might of Big Law

Having created monopolies in online messaging, search and e-commerce, the giants are finally being reined in

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Six years late, it’s time to act

Despite exhortations by the president to free up analogue signals for broadband, the minister is preoccupied

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Voice messages through the ages

Turning off voicemail solved one problem, but now voice notes are the message format of choice. Is this any better?

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Facebook shows its true colours

The social media giant unsurprisingly snubbed what would have been a historic first: appearing before lawmakers in Africa

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Someone tell Stella what it’s all about

Despite the ministry’s incompetence, an opposition MP has brought social media giant Facebook before parliament

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: ANC skilled in the art of ducking and diving

If the ANC can’t respond clearly to a simple query, how can we trust it to handle the Covid vaccine rollout?

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Apple’s privacy tilt shakes Facebook

Apple’s iOS 14.5 update will prevent advertisers from tracking users — but Facebook is not going down without a fight

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Microsoft gets vocal with Nuance

World’s largest software firm is paying $19bn for the medical AI smarts that voice pioneer developed for health care

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: ANC deploys fog of confusion

Yes, Perseverance took a historic selfie, but closer to home Gwede Mantashe's parallel universe was impossible to ignore

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Facebook’s leaf out of Zuma’s book

The company’s impunity over not informing users or regulators about half a billion customers getting hacked is astounding

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Bite-sized caption’s big-time delight

It’s April Fool’s Day every day on the internet, where satire and wit help us stay sane amid the fear-mongering and intolerance

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Not our fault, say tech CEOs — again

Social networks ‘supercharged’ the spread of disinformation, but they hide behind a contentious legal defence

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Blockbuster start for Disney+

The new streaming service has reached 100-million subscribers in just 16 months, helped by Covid lockdowns

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Art prospers amid blockchain boom

The latest tech and investing craze is good news for artists, however odd the idea of owning easily replicated digi-art

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