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The proliferation of technology into law

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By Alice Namuli Blazevic, Partner – Head Tech and Innovation, Katende, Ssempebwa & Company Advocates, Uganda The early 21st Century has proved to be an era of rapid global technological development. Various technological revolutions are unfolding on a previously unimaginable scale and in so doing changing the way we do business. Law firms in Africa are […]

The evolving threat of cybercrime in Africa

Africa Update 1

African countries are facing increasing challenges in combating cybercrime in a threat landscape that has changed dramatically. Africa has over 500 million internet users among a total population of nearly 1.4 billion, leaving huge potential for growth but at the same time making it increasingly vulnerable to cybercrime. The continent is reputed to have the […]

Africa tech start-up boom is creating opportunities for law firms

Technology

Tech start-ups is a hot topic in Africa, and the growing innovation culture is giving rise to a proliferation of apps and digital platforms that are attracting seed funding. This year alone, by mid August, 303 African tech start-ups had raised just over $1 billion, up 69% on 2020 figures, according to a report by […]

Technology Media and Telecommunications Africa Quarterly Update – July 2021

Technology

This e-bulletin highlights key legislative and regulatory developments in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors in sub-saharan Africa.  This issue covers the period 16 April 2021 to 15 July 2021 includes developments from Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Angola Public Consultation on […]

Africa joins the new space race

Africa Update 1

In the scramble to put ever-more small satellites into orbit, Africa is positioning itself to be in the big picture. The MIR-Sat1 launched by Mauritius in June 2021 became Africa’s 44th satellite in orbit around Earth. Two months earlier, Tunisia successfully placed its Challenge 1 among the rapidly growing constellation of African satellites accumulating and […]

How fintech can stimulate financial inclusion: Challenges and Opportunities

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Article by Osayaba Giwa-Osagie SAN -Senior Partner and Ivy Osiobe  -Executive Associate of Giwa-Osagie & Co, Nigeria Introduction: The past years have seen the emergence and growth of the fintech sector with fintech disrupting the traditional approach to financial services. Fintech is an acronym for “financial technology” and is used to describe the delivery of financial services […]

Zambia: Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Act

Zambia

Article by: Jackie Jhala and Rabecca Banda of Zambian firm Corpus Legal Practitioners   Introduction The Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Bill was assented into law by the President of the Republic of Zambia, His Excellency Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, on 24 March 2021 and consequently enacted into law by the Cyber Security and Cyber […]

Crypto assets – a new financial product?

South Africa

Written by Natalie Scott and Kyra South of Werksmans Attorneys On 20 November 2020, the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (“FSCA“) published a draft Declaration (“Draft Declaration“) and a statement in support thereof which sets out its proposal to bring crypto assets within the ambit of the definition of “financial product” in Section 1 of the Financial Advisory and […]

Technology, Media and Telecommunications Africa Quarterly E Bulletin – October 2020

Technology

This e-bulletin highlights key legislative and regulatory developments in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors in sub-Saharan Africa.  This issue covers the period 16 July to 15 October 2020 includes developments in Botswana, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zanzibar and Zimbabwe. Botswana Expression of Interest […]

The social media conundrum

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Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram and other social media technologies are hugely popular. But there is a dark side: misinformation and hate speech can affect societies in very negative ways. African governments are part of the global push to regulate social media – but how far should they go? Digital communication is in the crosshairs of the […]

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