Internet

Google Apologises for App Labelling People as 'Gorillas'

Google continued to apologise for a flaw in Google Photos, which was released to great fanfare in May, that led the new application to mistakenly label photos of black people as ‘gorillas’.

The company says it has fixed the problem and is working to figure out exactly how it happened.

A Google representative has been quoted as saying that, “We’re appalled and genuinely sorry that this happened…We are taking immediate action to prevent this type of result from appearing.”

Young in Prison South Africa: Online Community Manager

Young in Prison South Africa (YiPSA) is a nonprofit organisation that offers a holistic programme, which seeks to prepare children and youth in conflict with law in making the transition from incarceration back into society through imparting life skills for behaviour change, offering skills development for effective reintegration and reducing reoffending.  

Internet Rights Are Also Human Rights

Saturday, 21 March 2015 will represent 55 years since Sharpeville Day when the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) led protest resulted in the brutal death of 69 persons and injury or loss to many of the residents of the township.
 
History and historians remain divided on the issue and in time will no doubt provide their own interpretation of these events.
 

Massive Increase in SA Smartphone Purchases

The numbers from South Africa's largest mobile phone retailer show that a massive shift is happening in the smartphone market.

The shift from feature phones to smartphones in South Africa is happening faster than anyone could have imagined just a few months ago.

Sales figures from the country’s largest mobile phone retailer, PEP stores, reveal a radical transformation in the phone-buying habits of the low- and middle-income segments of South Africa’s population.

South Africa Must Pay More Attention to Cybercrime

Efforts such as the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) recent ‘Safer Festive Season’ campaign may have increased public awareness of threats such as armed robberies and cash-in-transit heists, but how many South Africans considered their vulnerability to cybercrime during the recent holiday season?

A4AI Aims for Affordable Internet Access

The recently launched Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) says it aims to drive down the cost of broadband Internet access in developing countries.
 
A4AI, which is supported by 30 companies and organisations, wants to assist in decreasing the broadband Internet access prices below five percent of monthly worldwide income.

The association further argues that this will allow two-thirds of the people currently not connected to connect.

Gauteng Public Schools Get Free Wi-Fi

Gauteng's finance MEC Mandla Nkomfe has announced that 2 200 provincial public schools will each receive free tablets, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity.

Nkomfe says that Huawei Technologies will provide all the tablets and each school will receive 44 devices, adding that the tablets will remain the property of the Gauteng Provincial Government.

Cloudseed, who won the bid to provide connectivity for the network, will provide the core network which will comprise of Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity to all 2 200 provincial public schools

State of the Internet in 2012/13: From a Civil Society Perspective

As more people gain access to the Internet, its diversity, reach and value increases. Therefore it follows that a central concern of civil society everywhere must be how affordable, inclusive and free the Internet is.  Individuals, institutions and organisations all over the world have embraced the Internet as a platform for discourse, commerce, citizen engagement and, of course, political and social activism. Mobile phones reach even more people and their everyday use is often linked to the Internet in some way or other.

Uganda to Criminalise Miniskirts

Uganda is considering extraordinary measures against women's rights that will see arrests for wearing skirts above the knee in public.

The proposed Anti-Pornography Bill will mark a return to the era of dictator Idi Amin, who banned short skirts by decree.

Meanwhile, many Ugandans are opposed to the idea and it has spawned a Twitter hashtag, #SaveMiniSkirt.

The government-backed Bill would also see many films and television dramas banned and personal Internet use closely monitored by officials.

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