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As press freedom continues to struggle in Kenya, alternatives keep hope alive
As press freedom continues to struggle in Kenya, alternatives keep hope aliveArticle

As we mark World Press Freedom Day 2021, let us remember that 2020 was terrible for the press in many parts of the world...

Wambui Wamunyu 3 May 2021

Restricting digital media is a gamble for African leaders
Restricting digital media is a gamble for African leadersArticle

Covid-19 pushed much of the world into the digital realm for everything from schooling and work to religious worship and dating. At the same time, many governments were turning data connections off. Full or partial shutdowns of the internet and social media are increasingly common parts of the "digital authoritarian" toolkit.

Jeffrey Conroy-Krutz 3 May 2021

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Social media users in Kenya and South Africa trust science, but still share Covid-19 hoaxesArticle

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to widespread disinformation circulating on social media globally. This includes false information about the virus, its origins and possible cures for the disease it causes...

Herman Wasserman & Dani Madrid-Morales 7 Apr 2021

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Study: SA's post-Covid market risk raises red flagsArticle

A study to analyse global markets in the aftermath of Covid-19, shows that South Africa has raised red flags, along with the US, Brazil, Turkey, Russia, and Central and Southern Europe

25 Mar 2021

Public trust in the media is at a new low: a radical rethink of journalism is needed
Public trust in the media is at a new low: a radical rethink of journalism is neededArticle

A recent report by an independent panel on the ethics and credibility of South Africa's news media makes for worrying reading...

Herman Wasserman 24 Feb 2021

Mike McCarthy on the future of CNN, Trump, social media and fake news
Mike McCarthy on the future of CNN, Trump, social media and fake newsArticle

Mike McCarthy, executive vice president and general manager of CNN International, shares insights on the future of CNN, Trump, social media and fake news...

23 Feb 2021

#BizTrends 2021: Not all news is trusted news
#BizTrends 2021: Not all news is trusted newsArticle

Last year I predicted that "at the dawn of this new decade it is clear that traditional print publishing as we know it will never return to the glory days of record-breaking advertising revenue and circulation."...

Josephine Buys 29 Jan 2021

Top IT security threats in 2021
Top IT security threats in 2021Article

Looking to the year ahead, we expect the most common form of attack - phishing emails - to increase in both volume and sophistication...

Anna Collard 20 Jan 2021

SANEF calls for responsible media reporting on Covid-19 and vaccines
SANEF calls for responsible media reporting on Covid-19 and vaccinesArticle

The South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) is deeply concerned about the high level of misinformation, fake news and disinformation relating to Covid-19 and to vaccination...

13 Jan 2021

Misinformation on social media fuels vaccine hesitancy: a global study shows the link
Misinformation on social media fuels vaccine hesitancy: a global study shows the linkArticle

Vaccine hesitancy is a severe threat to global health, according to the World Health Organisation. The term refers to the delay in acceptance or the refusal of vaccines, despite the availability of vaccination services. It's a serious risk to the people who aren't getting vaccinated as well as the wider community...

28 Dec 2020

#OrchidsandOnions: 'Covidiots' take note...
#OrchidsandOnions: 'Covidiots' take note...Article

Don't be a moegoe: solidarity's Covid ads funny and on point; Belligerent Santam is hung out to dry in the court of public opinion...

Brendan Seery 22 Dec 2020

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Misinformation on social media fuels vaccine hesitancy: a global study shows the linkArticle

Vaccine hesitancy is a severe threat to global health, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO)...

Steven Lloyd Wilson & Charles Shey Wiysonge 4 Dec 2020

To suppress the Covid-19 pandemic, tens of millions of South Africans would have to be vaccinated. Nothing at that scale has been done here before. Photo: Armin Kübelbeck (CC-BY-SA via Wikimedia Commons)
Vaccinating tens of millions of people will be very difficultArticle

Three vaccine breakthroughs have sparked hope that the end of the Covid-19 pandemic is close. But vaccinating tens of millions of South Africans is going to be difficult...

James Stent & Nathan Geffen 27 Nov 2020

#PulpNonFiction: It's all narrative
#PulpNonFiction: It's all narrativeArticle

This week, Bronwyn Williams has been reading Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economic Events by Nobel Prize winner, Robert J. Shiller...

Bronwyn Williams 20 Nov 2020

Beautiful News celebrates 4 years of proving that good news sells
Beautiful News celebrates 4 years of proving that good news sellsArticle

In four years, South Africa's fastest-growing positive news platform has become a global movement for social good. Through our stories, we are building communities, changing lives and delivering return on investment...

Amy Pieterse, Issued by Ginkgo Agency 18 Nov 2020

Know your property valuation types to avoid being led astray
Know your property valuation types to avoid being led astrayArticle

Today's world is characterised by the availability of information, but with this easy access comes the risk of misinformation and disinformation sending DIY knowledge-seekers astray...

Schalk van der Merwe 23 Oct 2020

5 benefits to consolidating your audience engagement
5 benefits to consolidating your audience engagementArticle

Why you should consider transitioning your audience engagement and management to your own private platform...

Issued by Fabrik 13 Oct 2020

Rethinking your security posture in the time of Covid-19
Rethinking your security posture in the time of Covid-19Article

The drastic changes in ways of working have led to several new cybersecurity risks and threats...

Jared Naude 12 Oct 2020

The Sunday Times, South Africa’s largest weekend newspaper, was used to spread disinformation. Gianluigi Guercia/AFP via Getty Images.
Journalism makes blunders but still feeds democracy: An insider's viewArticle

Politics editor Thabo Leshilo asked the Anton Harber, the veteran South African journalist, editor and journalism professor at the University of the Witwatersrand to provide the highlights of his new book: For the Record: Behind the Headlines in an Era of State Capture...

Anton Harber 18 Sep 2020

#PulpNonFiction: If you can't trust yourself, who can you trust?
#PulpNonFiction: If you can't trust yourself, who can you trust?Article

Referring to Peter Pomerantsev's This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality, Bronwyn Williams explains why the only way to regain trust and truth in society is for individuals themselves to realise that the price of freedom of speech and free flowing information is a personal responsibility...

Bronwyn Williams 31 Aug 2020

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Stop spreading the newsArticle

Kim Furman, Synthesis marketing manager writes that fake news might be an old-world problem but there are new world solutions to tackle it...

Kim Furman 11 Aug 2020

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Twitter hack exposes broader threat to democracy and societyArticle

In case 2020 wasn't dystopian enough, hackers on July 15 hijacked the Twitter accounts of former President Barack Obama, presidential hopeful Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Kim Kardashian and Apple, among others...

Laura DeNardis 21 Jul 2020

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Covid-19 boosts trust in traditional mass mediaArticle

The coronavirus pandemic has illustrated very clearly the importance and reliability of traditional mass media while at the same time showing up the flaws and dangers of online social platforms...

Chris Moerdyk 21 Jul 2020

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Disinformation defencesArticle

Forensic cybersecurity is a business imperative for content producers says Howard Plaatjes, CEO of AYO Technology Solutions...

Howard Plaatjes 14 Jul 2020

Freely available, virtual 22nd Encounters Doccie Fest to open with 'Influence' premiere
Freely available, virtual 22nd Encounters Doccie Fest to open with 'Influence' premiereArticle

The 22nd Encounters South African International Documentary Festival will be held online and at selected cinemas in Johannesburg and Cape Town from 20 to 30 August 2020...

25 Jun 2020

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Africans are concerned about ills of social media but oppose government restrictionsArticle

When it comes to fighting Covid-19 in Africa, the internet and social media have been a double-edged sword. But concerns about misinformation extend beyond the Covid-19 crisis...

Jeffrey Conroy-Krutz 3 Jun 2020

Getting real about fake news
Getting real about fake newsArticle

Social media has proven to be a devastatingly effective spreader of false information, far faster and to a far wider audience than was ever possible before...

Issued by Ogilvy South Africa 19 May 2020

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Controls to manage fake news in Africa are affecting freedom of expressionArticle

Governments across the world are responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. Alongside the mountain of related challenges, fake news has become a source of frustration. Some are now referring to this fake news phenomenon as a 'disinfodemic'...

Ashwanee Budoo 18 May 2020

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Brand trust and the coronavirus pandemicArticle

In uncertain environments like this, trust in institutions - businesses, organisations, and governments - becomes even more critical. Strong leadership and decisive action are needed to earn that trust and shape our post-crisis future...

Karena Crerar 23 Apr 2020

Protecting your web conferences during Covid-19
Protecting your web conferences during Covid-19Article

With a rapid shift to remote work for so many South African companies, work styles have also shifted. One of the biggest changes has been how we meet...

17 Apr 2020

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Hi-tech platform set-up to curb fake newsArticle

Government has set-up a hi-tech monitoring and evaluation platform in an effort to ramp up state capacity to monitor and respond to misinformation and fake news proliferating during the Covid-19 outbreak...

17 Apr 2020

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Back to basics: brand-safe communication strategies for Covid-19 and beyondArticle

'The plethora of fake news sites, and a wealth of disinformation that is almost as virulent as the disease gripping the globe, highlights the necessity for brands now to rethink their message - and the platforms they share it on.'...

Gayle Edmunds 15 Apr 2020

Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on 22 January 2020. EPA-EFE/GIAN EHRENZELLER.
Wan-Ifra concerned over proposed media bill threatening freedom of expression - UkraineArticle

Wan-Ifra is concerned over a new proposed media bill threatening freedom of expression in the Ukraine...

14 Apr 2020

Fake news peddlers feel the full force of the law
Fake news peddlers feel the full force of the lawArticle

A 55-year-old Durbanville man and a 23-year-old man from Tshwane are among the people facing the full force of the law for spreading fake news about the Covid-19 crisis...

8 Apr 2020

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Wan-Ifra president writes open letter: Quality journalism in troubled timesArticle

In an open letter published over the weekend, Wan-Ifra president, Fernando de Yarza López-Madrazo, has called for short-term financing to overcome the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus. ...

31 Mar 2020

What will happen to digital privacy in the upcoming decade?
What will happen to digital privacy in the upcoming decade?Article

Your data is now everywhere. Your phone. Your smartwatches. Your smart home. And if something goes just a little bit wrong...

Marco Preuss 27 Mar 2020

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Sanef addresses misinformation and journalists' safety while reporting on Covid-19Article

Sanef says it's committed to assisting government to communicate information pertaining to the spread and containment of the Covid-19 and ensuring the safety of journalists covering the disease...

17 Mar 2020

2 most awesome ways AI can be used to fight fake news
2 most awesome ways AI can be used to fight fake newsArticle

The latest technology is now being used to verify content and spot fakes...

Craig Lebrau, Issued by Lebrau Press 24 Feb 2020

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SA media still plagued by trust issuesArticle

The media continues to be plagued by trust issues, particularly in developed countries. In South Africa, trust in the media declined further in 2019 according to the recently launched Edelman Trust Barometer...

Claire Densham 18 Feb 2020

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2020 social trends you need to knowArticle

Let's face it. Social media marketing is in a constant state of change and advertising has become more and more challenging...

Julia Rhodes 29 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Three mega trends that will shape the future of PR and communication
#BizTrends2020: Three mega trends that will shape the future of PR and communicationArticle

When social media appeared in the 2000s it saw the emergence of a whole new digital industry. Many believe that the public relations industry was caught unawares and that they struggled to catch up with the initial opportunities. It is now critical that we prepare for the new wave of changes upon us...

Francois van Dyk 19 Dec 2019

Top strategic predictions for 2020 and beyond
Top strategic predictions for 2020 and beyondArticle

Gartner revealed its top strategic predictions for 2020 and beyond...

29 Oct 2019

The age of the artificial; the proliferation of 'fake'
The age of the artificial; the proliferation of 'fake'Article

A threat to democracy, discourse, to truth; 'fake news' has become the buzzword of the last few years...

Molly Fitz-Patrick, Issued by Red & Yellow 2 Sep 2019

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Measles epidemic: parents reluctant to vaccinate their children need to hear of the horrors of forgotten diseasesArticle

There's been a surge in measles cases across Europe, putting people's lives at risk according to new findings from the World Health Organisation...

Sarah Pitt 2 Sep 2019

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How publishing platforms make the most of human attentionArticle

Publishing platforms offer a rare opportunity to communicate effectively, writes PRC CEO Josephine Buys...

Josephine Buys 29 Aug 2019

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WhatsApp played a big role in the Nigerian election. Not all of it was badArticle

There is growing concern about the potential for the message and media sharing platform WhatsApp to undermine democracy in a number of countries across the world...

Nic Cheeseman 29 Jul 2019

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SA publishers jointly launch video private marketplaceArticle

Local publishers, Caxton, Media24, TisoBlackStar, The Daily Maverick and TheSouthAfrican have collectively established a partnership with an Australian video company, Oovvuu, and have now launched a new and inventory-rich video private marketplace, in a first for South African digital advertising...

25 Jun 2019

The world then and now, and how the way we protect our children needs to change
The world then and now, and how the way we protect our children needs to changeArticle

This National Child Protection Week (CPW), Google South Africa and Media Monitoring Africa hosted a roundtable putting a spotlight on the importance of online safety for children...

Jessica Tennant 31 May 2019

New Wan-Ifra report tackling disinformation around the world
New Wan-Ifra report tackling disinformation around the worldArticle

Wan-Ifra has released a new report that looks at the global map of remedies adopted by governments whose objective is to combat the disinformation crisis, though with extremely diverse intent and effects...

15 May 2019

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Reporting on China in Africa is too binaryArticle

The accuracy of reporting on China's involvement in Africa can be "deeply misleading". What needs to be done to fix it...

Yu-Shan Wu 30 Apr 2019

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