Rewritten WASPA Code better regulates mobile services in SA

The new WASPA Code of Conduct is a complete rewrite of the Wireless Applications Service Providers’ Association’s rules which regulate the mobile content and services industry in South Africa. One of the biggest changes to the Code is a consolidation of the old Advertising Rules and the Code of Conduct itself along with a dramaticallyContinue reading “Rewritten WASPA Code better regulates mobile services in SA”

Your future digital government

I had to apply for unabridged birth certificates for our children the other day so I sat down in front of my laptop, browsed to the Department of Home Affairs’ website and logged into the secure Civic Services portal to start the process. I used my new ID card with its embedded personal digital certificateContinue reading “Your future digital government”

4 suggestions for preserving your digital assets for your heirs after you die

What will happen to your online profiles and data when you die? Before you answer that your digital stuff isn’t all that important so who cares, consider what you are using the digital cloud for: Email that increasingly includes bank statements, insurance policy information and functions as a backup for when you forget your passwordContinue reading “4 suggestions for preserving your digital assets for your heirs after you die”

Facebook Messenger is not the privacy threat you should be concerned about

Many people are focused on the permissions they give Facebook when they install Facebook Messenger and are concerned that they are giving Facebook excessive access to their devices. This isn’t necessarily the case and this growing panic may be more a function of how Android permissions have to be obtained than a real privacy threatContinue reading “Facebook Messenger is not the privacy threat you should be concerned about”

Shifting Facebook privacy challenges

When you think about causes for concern when it comes to privacy online, Facebook frequently comes to mind. The world’s largest online social network has roughly 1.32 billion monthly active users with an average of 829 million active daily users in June 2014. It’s no wonder that privacy regulators are watching Facebook and other largeContinue reading “Shifting Facebook privacy challenges”

Wanting privacy shouldn’t be conflated with having something to hide

Memeburn has a good article titled Privacy is worth protecting, even if you have nothing to hide which is a great reminder that privacy isn’t about having something to hide. There are many valid reasons to insist that your right to privacy be respected: The reason most often given for failing to consider digital privacyContinue reading “Wanting privacy shouldn’t be conflated with having something to hide”

Workshops for digital teams

We have an exciting addition to our consulting services which we have just launched: workshops for digital teams. We’ve noticed that competitive pressures have forced teams to expand their knowledge of the risks they face, whether they are developing digital campaigns or exploring the amazing potential offered by our increasingly interconnected and socially engaged landscape.Continue reading “Workshops for digital teams”

Lawyers are an endangered profession

I don’t believe the legal profession will continue to exist as it is today for much longer. The profession has changed over the decades and centuries as technology has changed, especially in the last decade, but what I can see happening is something far more radical. As cognitive systems like IBM’s Watson start to haveContinue reading “Lawyers are an endangered profession”

Is sharing naked photos of your kids child pornography?

(Update 2014-06-12): Professor James Grant, an Associate Professor of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand, has published an article on his site, titled “Child Pornography: Distribution by Parents“, in which he explores the implications of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Amendment Act which also deals with child pornography. That Act also has a prettyContinue reading “Is sharing naked photos of your kids child pornography?”

4 tips for developers selling software

Say you’re a software developer and your customer wants to buy your app, do you know what you should be thinking about when selling software? Here are a few contract tips: Can you legally sell your app? Unless you have developed the code for the app from scratch and haven’t used any previous code ofContinue reading “4 tips for developers selling software”