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How low will Bitcoin now go? The history of price bubbles provides some clues

Nearly 170 years before the invention of Bitcoin, the journalist Charles Mackay noted the way whole communities could “fix their minds upon one object and go mad in its pursuit”. Millions of people, he wrote, “become simultaneously impressed with one delusion, and run after it, till their attention is caught by some new folly more captivating than the first”. His book Extraordinary Popular Delusio...[Read More]

How new media platforms have become powerful across Africa

Online platforms have become an important site for political and social engagement. On the one hand they have been praised for their progressive characteristics. This is because they offer great organising potential, enhance political accountability and disrupt old media practices that tend to exclude less powerful voices from important social and political discussions. On the other hand, they hav...[Read More]

The web really isn’t worldwide – every country has different access

What the internet looks like to users in the U.S. can be quite different from the online experience of people in other countries. Some of those variations are due to government censorship of online services, which is a significant threat to internet freedom worldwide. But private companies – many based in the U.S. – are also building obstacles to users from around the world who want to freely expl...[Read More]

WhatsApp skewed Brazilian election, proving social media’s danger to democracy

Misinformation via social media played a troubling role in boosting far-right Congressman Jair Bolsonaro to into the Brazilian presidency. Bolsonaro did not win 55 percent of votes thanks to misinformation alone. A powerful desire for political change in Brazil after a yearslong corruption scandal and a court decision compelling the jailed front-runner Luis Inacio Lula da Silva to withdraw from th...[Read More]

When to expect the first 5G-enabled devices in South Africa

Before you get too excited, it’s safe to say that 5G is still quite a way off for South Africa. The problem is two fold. First, in order to roll out commercial 5G services mobile network operators need access to the radio frequency spectrum 5G requires. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is responsible for making that happen, but is bogged down in arguments about how ...[Read More]

What are tech companies doing about ethical use of data? Not much

Our relationship with tech companies has changed significantly over the past 18 months. Ongoing data breaches, and the revelations surrounding the Cambridge Analytica scandal, have raised concerns about who owns our data, and how it is being used and shared. Tech companies have vowed to do better. Following his grilling by both the US Congress and the EU Parliament, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, ...[Read More]

New minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has her work cut out to reinvigorate this essential part of our economy

It was easy last week to focus on the failure to fire South Africa’s two most incompetent Cabinet ministers – Bathabile Dlamini and Nomvula Mokonyane – but the country should be heartened by our new communications minister. It might be facetious to say Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams is infinitely better than any of her predecessors because they are such a motley crew of useless and corrupt Zumaïtes...[Read More]

Big, bigger, biggest: Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Singles Day

Cyber Monday is online retailers’ response to the bricks-and-mortar marketing push of Black Friday. Online shopping is only set to increase, as smartphones and apps continue to capture more of the market. In the United States, the fourth Thursday in November is Thanksgiving, a public holiday recognizing the first harvest gathered by the colonists. The streets are quiet, the shops are closed and fa...[Read More]

Here are the Black Friday data deals from MTN

Let’s get down to business — here is what South Africans really want this Black Friday: cheap data. And MTN has just that coming to market tomorrow. Here’s the lowdown on MTN’s Black Friday deals. As expected, MTN’s deals will only be available from 23 November to 26 November (which is Monday). Anyone who’s due for an upgrade now, or are looking to sign up with the yellow network provi...[Read More]

Don’t we all deserve to be digitally equal?

Ask any South African who uses data, about the conditions under which they send and receive it, and you will in all probability get a twofold answer: Too slow and too costly. That’s because most South Africans who depend on data for business, educational or simply entertainment purposes, know that relative to users in a great many countries, they pay more for what they get, and get less for what t...[Read More]

A/B testing: how offline businesses are learning from Google to improve profits

The market testing that helped give us the Google search we know today is being emulated by industries from hospitality to manufacturing to help better focus their products and services and meet customer needs. So what did Google do? If you travel back through internet time via the Internet Archive, you can see what Google looked like soon after it first launched, more than 20 years ago. An early ...[Read More]

Get 50GB for R500 with Cell C’s Black Friday deal

Cell C has announced their Black Friday deals, and data prices may be falling for reals this festive season. From Friday, 23 November (aka the dreaded Black Friday), anyone can go to a Cell C store and buy a prepaid data SIM loaded with 50GB of data. These SIMs will cost R500, which means you’re just paying R10 per gig. “This is the perfect option for those going on holiday this festive season. Co...[Read More]

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