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Guptabots, Lerato Pillay and fake news
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Guptabots, Lerato Pillay and fake news

It’s all here on The Pulse – a podcast series from The Centre for Analytics and Behavioural Change. In this 3 part episode, the CABC’s Adam Armstrong chats to Jean Le Roux, a Research Associate at the Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFR), about how false information on social media is organised and being weaponised.

State capture: Mpofu and the bid to bamboozle the public
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State capture: Mpofu and the bid to bamboozle the public

Those responsible for state capture have a vested interest in keeping the public confused – and complacent. In an era of post truth, “alternative facts”, smoke and mirrors tactics have become the new currency of political gamesmanship” writes Camaren Peter, associate professor at UCT’s Graduate School of Business and Director and Executive Head at the...

Meet the investigators monitoring and combating fake news online
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Meet the investigators monitoring and combating fake news online

Social media is being used to peddle false narratives which are deepening the divide in our society. The Centre for Analytics and Behavioural Change; DFR Labs and Real 411 are organisations that exist to protect our online safety; our democracy and undo some of the damage created by these organised networks. This Carte Blanche episode...

Prophet Bushiri and his wife flee SA
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Prophet Bushiri and his wife flee SA

They did not leave SA through Waterkloof airforce base as some reports suggest. It’s clear now they fled SA for Malawi through one of the borders after allegedly bribing Home Affairs officials. Bushiri has given an address stating he is in Malawi and claims he is a law abiding citizen who feels South African officials...

Electronic Voting – will it introduce voter fraud?
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Electronic Voting – will it introduce voter fraud?

The Independent Electoral Commission has been investigating electronic voting for a while now. Submissions on the amendment bill on this issue raised concerns about the security of electronic voting as well as the additional costs that such a system will incur. Read the full story here.

Making money by making people afraid
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Making money by making people afraid

SA man puts out false information across 143 monetised websites about farm murders Deon Venter used a clickbait style to get people to click on his websites. He exploited white vulnerability by putting out disinformation about farm murders and also exacerbated racial tension, all for a quick buck. Read the full story here:

The Centre for Analytics and Behavioural Change reports xenophobic tweets to Real411
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The Centre for Analytics and Behavioural Change reports xenophobic tweets to Real411

Real411 is affiliated to Media Monitoring Africa and enables the public to report disinformation, hate speech, incitement to violence and harassment of the media. This article outlines Real411’s findings and what constitutes hate speech. It’s important to report posts and tweets on social media that sow seeds of division and create resentment, anger and hatred...

What are the EFF really doing?
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What are the EFF really doing?

Are they uplifting people out of poverty or just creating a diversion to protect their own interests? How Julius and Co manipulate events to drive their own agenda, all the while being under investigation by SARS and now the Zondo Commission (for millions allegedly gained illegally through the VBS scandal). Read Stephen Grootes’ latest article here:

The most popular job searches right now in SA
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The most popular job searches right now in SA

Jobs website Adzuna has published new data highlighting the most in-demand jobs in South Africa. The data shows that remote working, apprenticeship, and plumber jobs are some of the most in-demand jobs currently. Read the full story here >