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How to Keep Western Cape’s Water Flowing With Data Analytics

By Kroshlen Moodley, GM: Public Sector and Utilities at SASOn 22 May, the Western Cape was declared a disaster area as the ongoing drought...

Why Sex Machines Should Have Rights Too

Late last year at a tech fair in Austria, a sex robot was “molested” repeatedly and left in a “filthy” state. The robot, named...

How Satellite Connectivity is Closing the Digital Divide in South Africa

by Farhad Khan, Chief Commercial Officer Yahsat Internet usage is surging in urban areas of South Africa. According to Stats SA, 59% of South Africans...

4 Core Challenges Faced by Fintech Innovators

By Kim Humby, NomaniniAt the inaugural African Fintech Unconference, organised by Nomanini and the Bankable Frontiers Association with the support of the Mastercard Foundation,...

How Marketers use Algorithms to (try to) Read your Mind

By Jason Pallant, Swinburne University of TechnologyYou may have heard that algorithms will take over the world. But how are they operating right now?...

2018 Cyber Resilience Business Trends

by Brandon Bekker, managing director for Africa and Middle East at Mimecast 2017 was the year ransomware attacks like WannaCry, Petya and Bad Rabbit wreaked...

Dear robot Santa…

In 1897, eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote to the editor of New York’s The Sun newspaper to ask whether her friends were right to say...

Can Your Smartphone Be Trusted To Track Your Mental Health?

How we use our smartphone can say a lot about our behaviour. But can such tech be trusted to track our mental health?

The Bitcoin Bubble – How We Know It Will Burst

by Larisa Yarovaya, Anglia Ruskin University and Brian Lucey, Trinity College Dublin In the last year, the price of Bitcoin has increased from less than US$800...

No benefits for SA Blacks from R32 Billion Mobile Network Infrastructure...

South Africa’s big four mobile operators – Vodacom, MTN, Cell C and Telkom – are spending more than R32 billion on network infrastructure upgrade...

To What Extent are you Truly Free?

by Peter LucasIn the early 21st century, Western-style freedoms are often presented as an ideal template for the rest of the world. Yet supposedly free...

Can you be Hacked by the World Around you?

By Jeremy Straub, North Dakota State UniversityYou’ve probably been told it’s dangerous to open unexpected attachment files in your email – just like you...

The Opportunity In SA Inc.

by Mikhail Motala The best investment returns are born in times of fear and uncertainty. Currently, there is a prevailing negative narrative about the endless and...

Has Your Account Been Pwned? A Password Horror Story.

by  Lori Cohen | IdentityWhat follows is a cautionary tale about how passwords really need to go the way of the dodo. Until that...

Voice Control: Why AI Must Resist Our Bad Habit Of Stereotyping...

Voice control gadgets – such as Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Home or Apple’s Homepod – are becoming increasingly popular, but people should pause for thought...

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