Tensions have been building ahead of President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address. Amid the possibility of more disruptions, Zuma has taken steps to ensure the ANC’s presence is felt.
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.