I recently published an article titled: The South African surveillance state, looking at some of the strong aspects and shortcomings of the Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill. Due to unfortunate timing, perhaps on my part, the Justice Department held a press briefing the very next day announcing a new draft of the bill had been published. So here is the follow-up article.
Government wants to get a new bill through parliament, one that allows the state to monitor suspected illegal behaviour online in an attempt to combat cybercrimes. While there is a need for South Africa to protect its digital infrastructures and information, there is also a concern of possible abuse on the state’s part.
South Africa lost more than 1700 people on its roads during the past festive season, largely due to human error. Despite a range of road safety initiatives, the death toll increased once again compared to the same period the previous year. From this arises the question: are automated cars part of the solution?
Many South Africans breathed a sigh of relief when 2016 came to an end. The year was filled with political battles and scandals, racist incidents which spread like wildfires on our social media timelines and a crippling economy. But can we expect 2017 to be any friendlier, more predictable? The early indications suggest not.