A sudden rise in fake news has resulted in a factual crisis. While alternative facts are rarely a new occurrence, the established media and audiences are faced with a new dilemma: how to separate fact from fiction in the information age.
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?