What the High Court decided about broadcasting the Oscar Pistorius trial

As you know, the Pretoria High Court granted the media permission to broadcast the upcoming Oscar Pistorius trial but don’t expect to see TV footage of Pistorius or his witnesses giving evidence. Judge President Mlambo has imposed a number of restrictions on the coverage you can expect in the coming weeks. The reasons for these restrictions stem from the considerations Judge Mlambo took into account and how the judge balanced a number of competing rights.

For one thing, you probably won’t see any video of Oscar Pistorius’ or his witnesses’ testimony (although you may hear it on radio). You won’t see close-ups either. This decision is more about upholding rights than it is about the hype.

Cancer stories and contextual privacy

If you are unfamiliar with Twitter direct messages, they are inherently private and only people who follow you may send you direct messages. Aside from not informing Adams that she was writing a story about her, Keller apparently did not obtain Adams’ permission to repeat the direct message conversation and that violated Adams’ privacy, regardless of how public she is about other aspects of her experiences. 

Hangout: What we’re talking about at the 2012 #ITWebSocial Summit

Today’s Hangout will be an interview/discussion with Tallulah from ITWeb Events about our contribution to the ITWeb Social Media Summit next week. We’re going to run the Hangout on our Google+ page and embed the video on our event page. The Hangout will begin at roughly 3pm today and should be streamed live as wellContinue reading “Hangout: What we’re talking about at the 2012 #ITWebSocial Summit”

Privacy, freedom of expression and Julius Malema’s failed City Press gag attempt

When Julius Malema learned that the City Press was about to publish details of his wealth and resources, he launched an urgent application to stop the publication from going to press. Judge Colin Lamont ruled against Malema in an judgment which seems reminiscent of the judgment against the former and late Health Minister, Judge LamontContinue reading “Privacy, freedom of expression and Julius Malema’s failed City Press gag attempt”

Lessons learned from Google’s Transparency Report

Google makes a number of people nervous when it comes to personal information and has made its share of mistakes. That said, Google has also made significant strides in giving its users greater control over their personal information on its servers. While users have a pretty good idea what personal information Google has collected fromContinue reading “Lessons learned from Google’s Transparency Report”