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Friday, October 31, 2008
  News blogger detained in Nigeria
A US-based Nigerian news blogger is being held without charge by Nigeria's secret service.

Free uni wi-fi swamped with illegal downloads - BizTech - Technology
The University of NSW has threatened to axe its free wireless internet service because students are bringing in their laptops and using them to download pirated music, movies and games.

Privacy watchdog calls Home Office plans threat to British way of life | OUT-LAW.COM
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said that a single database of phone and internet usage records would undermine the 'British way of life'. The privacy watchdog has said that it will scrutinise Government plans for storing that information.

New Jersey State’s Constitutional Right to Privacy for Internet Users : Internet Business Law
The Supreme Court of New Jersey has recognized an Internet user’s right to privacy as a basis for suppressing evidence in court. This ruling confirms that the New Jersey Constitution protects individuals’ right to privacy to a greater extent than does the U.S. Constitution. However, the right to privacy under the New Jersey Constitution is circumscribed insofar as information that is deemed by the courts to be truly relevant to the determination of the case in question will not be shielded from production.

Microsoft goes black in China
An anti-piracy tactic by Microsoft that turns some computer users' screens black is setting off a wave of unexpected indignation among Chinese consumers, posing renewed problems for the software maker in the huge China market.

Monday, October 27, 2008
  The confused world of the telecoms regulations
Telecoms is no longer telecoms! Telephones are no longer telecoms! Where is all this going?

Fixed lines face competition
Several new wireless voice and Internet services offer a viable alternative to Telkom's fixed-line offerings.

Thursday, October 23, 2008
  Court of Appeal orders men to disclose encryption keys | OUT-LAW.COM
Two men have been told that they cannot rely on their right to silence to refuse to give British police a computer password.

Email compliance - how to get it right
The storing and retrieval of all these emails has become a big headache for most businesses, especially now that good governance and no fewer than five local acts that prescribe the need to store all email sent or received for up to 10 years. That's every email from the :) reply to your PA when she reminded you of your daughter's birthday to the written warning sent to an employee in May 2007 to the instruction to your broker to sell your shares.

Name and shame them...
A Pretoria woman whose husband interdicted her from shaming him on a website, has vowed to fight back.

Profiele wat vroue waarsku teen mans van webwerf verwyder
Die webwerf waarop sowat 250 Suid-Afrikaanse mans as vroueslaners, leuenaars en kansvatters sleggesê word, moes Vrydag dié profiele verwyder om dreigende regsaksie te keer.

Sunday, October 12, 2008
  MXit wins battle
A precedent setting domain name decision on 8 October 2008 awarded the domain name to local mobile chat operator MXit.

Commission in new bid to fine Telkom
EFFORTS by the Competition Commission to fine Telkom R3,7bn for anti competitive behaviour have been revived, with the commission winning the right to appeal against a court ruling that temporarily halted its campaign.

Telecoms woes
WHILE the global financial markets are in a frenzied state, SA’s telecommunication industry.

Telecoms tentacles tighten
FEW ANTICIPATE South Africa's new political regime will herald any significant changes in telecommunications policy. In fact, some believe the post-Mbeki regime could adopt an even more interventionist stance. Africa Analysis telecoms analyst Dobek Pater says while the Kgalema Motlanthe/Jacob Zuma regime may have more socialist leanings, telecoms policy is already conservative and the pace of liberalisation slow. So Pater expects to see more of the same.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008
  Racist Facebook group 'hijacked' : South Africa: News: News24
A racist group on the social networking site Facebook involving students from North West University's (NWU) Potchefstroom campus was 'hijacked' on Monday afternoon by another group 'for everyone who hates racists'.

SA gets Africa’s biggest computer
A supercomputer, able to make 14 trillion calculations per second, has been donated to the country’s scientific fraternity for use in the fight against HIV/Aids and other human ills.

Monday, October 06, 2008
  ITWeb :Cell jammers unlawful, but so what?
While reports that some tow truck operators are using cellular network jammers at traffic accidents state that this is illegal, the law does not prescribe any fine or sanction, lawyers say.

Telecoms changes to benefit consumers
Judging by all the recent changes in the telecommunications sector, the South African market is in for some interesting developments as lines of business are blurred and new revenue streams are created. This is the view of Andy Brauer, Chief Technology Officer at Business Connexion.

SA telecoms changes looming
The South African telecommunications market is becoming more competitive but at the same time there is a great deal of consolidation taking place. Over the past two years many acquisitions were made by bigger players, both taking out competitors and expanding their product offerings.

Friday, October 03, 2008
  Is your Wi-Fi hotspot legal?
You may have to pay R 1000.00 for a license exemption application for your Wi-Fi hotspot or LAN unless ICASA changes its mind regarding how to handle these “small electronic communications networks” under the new Electronic Communications Act (ECA).

Money no object to building info society
The need to build an inclusive information society outweighs the cost of set-top boxes (STBs) as the country prepares to migrate to digital terrestrial TV, communications minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri has implied in a memorandum.

Zero competition in local telecoms
The telecommunications sector is characterised by high prices and a lack of competition, states the Competition Commission's annual report. The commission says it has 11 complaints before it concerning telecoms.

“Creative minds working together for a Smart City”
The City of Tshwane is one of the six biggest metropolitan cities in South Africa, with a population total of 2.2 million inhabitants and the highest level of education attainment in the country. The City of Tshwane is the administrative capital of South Africa and although government plays an important role in the city's economy, there are many other sectors that are doing extremely well towards contributing to the economy. In fact, the City of Tshwane has adapted to globalisation remarkably well, and has all the elements of a “Smart City.” The city is a centre of government in South Africa with all the national government departments located in it. It also forms part of the Gauteng Global City Region - the wealthiest and fasted growing economic region on the African continent.

Skype says sorry
Skype, eBay's Web communications unit, said on Thursday that Tom Online, majority owners of Skype's Chinese venture Tom-Skype, had been monitoring and storing some of its users' text messages without Skype's knowledge.

Hollywood studios sue RealNetworks
Hollywood's six major movie studios on Tuesday sued RealNetworks to prevent it from distributing DVD copying software that they said would allow consumers to 'rent, rip and return' movies or even copy friends' DVD collections outright, reports Newsweek.

Ivy says judge erred
Communications minister, Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri, recently announced that she would appeal the recent value added network services (VANS) judgment where it was ruled that VANS may self-provide.

Minister explains telecoms appeal
COMMUNICATIONS Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri has spoken up to explain why she is appealing against a legal verdict that promises to revolutionise the telecommunications industry, insisting that she is not opposed to greater competition.

Cops arrest teen in YouTube scare
Swedish police say they have arrested a 16-year-old boy for illegal weapon possession after receiving a tip about a suspicious clip he had posted on YouTube.

419 kidnap victim rescued: South Africa: News: News24
Johannesburg - Police arrested seven suspects in the early hours of Sunday morning in connection with the kidnapping of a Japanese businessman in a 419 scam.

Steven Tyler Sues Bloggers For Impersonation
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler sued unknown bloggers who the singer said impersonated him on the Web, writing about the death of his mother and other 'intimate details' from his life.

Maties se netwerk DC++ afgesny oor kopiereg
’n Netwerk wat dit moontlik gemaak het om materiaal van die Internet te bekom wat outeursreg kan skend, is tydelik ontkoppel ná kommer dat die versoeking te groot vir Matie-studente is.

Kentucky (secretly) commandeers world's most popular gambling sites | OUT-LAW.COM
The state of Kentucky has seized control of some of the world's most popular gambling domain names courtesy of a state judge who issued a secret ruling last week ordering registrars to transfer 141 internet addresses to the state's top law enforcement official."







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