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Technology in the news - 13 September

Technology in the news - 13 September  Back

Technology in the news:
Digital Citizenship - lets get savvy!

Schools, teachers, learners, and parents are continually exposed to the benefits and dangers of being part of the online community.  Herewith some relevant reading material that recently featured in the news.
Suspected child porn pastor areested.
Social Media risks are very relevant in our South Africa context.  Schools, educators, parents and learners need to be aware of the risks and navigate the social media space prudently.

Merger aims to lift mobile broadband coverage to 80% of the population by 2019.
Making sense of the 'data economy'

"A new commodity spawns a lucrative, fast-growing industry, prompting antitrust regulators to step in to restrain those who control its flow. A century ago, the resource in question was oil. Now similar concerns are being raised by the giants that deal in data, the oil of the digital era. These titans – Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft – which are the five most valuable listed firms in the world, look unstoppable. Their profits are surging: they collectively racked up more than $25bn in net profit in the first quarter of 2017. Such dominance has prompted calls for the tech giants to be broken up, as Standard Oil was in the early 20th century. The Economist has argued against such drastic action in the past because ‘size alone is not a crime’. It notes that far from gouging consumers, many of their services are free but users pay, in effect, by handing over yet more data. The report points out that the control of data by Internet companies gives them enormous power. Indeed, the old ways of addressing competition, devised in the era of oil, look outdated in what has come to be called the ‘data economy’. The report adds that the giants’ surveillance systems span the entire economy: Google can see what people search for, Facebook what they share, Amazon what they buy. They own app stores and operating systems, and rent out computing power to start-ups. By providing barriers to entry and early-warning systems, data can stifle competition." 

Image credit - The Economist

Apple launches iPhone X ten years after its first iPhone