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Your internet data is rotting

The internet currently accesses about 15 zettabytes of data, and is growing at a rate of 70 terabytes per second. It is an admittedly leaky vessel, and content is constantly going offline to wind up lost forever.

Big tech surveillance could damage democracy

The more tech companies know about their users, the more effectively they can direct them to goods and services that they are likely to buy. The more companies know about their users, the more competitive they are in the market.

Gamers use machine learning to navigate complex video games – but it’s not free

Some of the world’s most popular video games track your activity as you play – but they’re not just gathering data for business or marketing purposes. They’re accumulating information about the way you and others play the game, the patterns or habits that lead to success or failure.

Revolt on the horizon? How young people really feel about digital technology

As digital technologies facilitate the growth of both new and incumbent organisations, we have started to see the darker sides of the digital economy unravel. In recent years, many unethical business practices have been exposed, including the capture and use of consumers’ data, anticompetitive activities and covert social experiments. But what do young people who grew up with the internet think ab...[Read More]

South Africans don’t trust companies to protect their data privacy

A survey found that consumers’ were very concerned about the protection of their data. As much as 64% of the participants know someone personally whose personal data has been misused. Unwanted marketing was common, suggesting that contact information which was meant to be kept private, had been shared with others.

Finding that “SA prices are high”, “lack transparency” latest salvo in war on costly data

The Competition Commission last week confirmed what all South Africans have been telling each other for years: the cost of cellular data is too high. Releasing a provisional report from its data services market inquiry, which has been dragging on since August 2017, the commission’s finding no doubt contributed to the fall of Vodacom and MTN shares. They said the convoluted pricing structured...[Read More]

What to look for in a VPN, and why you should probably use one

You might feel like you missed the VPN hype that spiked in the pre-local-Netflix years, so what even is a VPN and why do you need one?

WhatsApp now lets you block people from adding you to groups

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned instant messaging service will now give users the option to control who adds them to groups.

MTN Chat lets customers load airtime or data through WhatsApp

MTN has announced a new feature called MTN Chat recharge, which allows MTN customers to load airtime and data bundles from within WhatsApp.

Opera for Android now includes a free, unlimited VPN

The Opera browser has added a privacy feature to its Android browser that every person actually ought to use already: A VPN.

Cell C’s streaming service Black announces new subscription packages

Black subscribers will now be able to choose which content they prefer, and pay a monthly rate according to their personal taste in TV.

Algorithms have already taken over human decision making

Instead of being central to the system of decisions that affects us, we are cast out in to its environment. We have progressively restricted our own decision-making capacity and allowed algorithms to take over. We have become artificial humans, or human artefacts, that are created, shaped and used by the technology.

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