Latest articles on Surveillance

Housing activists want probe into City of Cape Town ‘spying’

The City of Cape Town admits it monitors the social-media pages of housing activists but denies that this is spying, as tensions surrounding land occupations increase

Censorship, surveillance could be the biggest rights challenges post Covid-19

The impacts of these infringements could last well beyond the life of the Covid-19 pandemic

Viral authoritarianism during the Covid-19 pandemic

Authoritarian leaders have often used natural disasters to tighten their grasp on power. We are seeing the same happen during the coronavirus crisis, in dictatorships and democracies alike

The pandemic is being used to erode democratic freedoms. Civil society must fight back

Both authoritarian and democratic governments are responding to the coronavirus crisis by instituting frightening new powers

Top court questions surveillance laws

Justice Chris Jafta says Rica legislation is one of the ‘worst drafted’ laws he has ever seen

Boity takes control of her story

Reality shows such as Own Your Throne may be banal, but affluence attracts viewers

The cost of surveillance capitalism

In subjecting ourselves so readily to predictive data, we ignore the commercial interests involved at our peril

Steal my data, feed me lies

Snowdon's book tells the world about his work for the US government, and how he grew disaffected with what they were up to

Is your smart city spying on you?

Social and surveillance states underline the need for inclusive tech

Vumacam’s eye in the sky solution

Smart camera networks help to create a smarter, safer cities

High court finds parts of Rica ‘unconstitutional’

The high court orders some immediate changes to the law that allows government to intercept people’s phones and correspondence

‘Boris the Baby Bot’: The little book about big data

Boris the BabyBot has been dreamt up by researcher and writer Murray Hunter, who focuses on surveillance and data privacy

Tuning surveillance software with African faces

Is Africa following China into a techno-dystopian future?

Government’s thinking on surveillance law is regressive

The law that regulates the interception of communications is being challenged on the basis it can be abused by rogue elements in intelligence

SA’s suburban camera creep tests privacy

Private surveillance firms say they operate within the law, but no court has yet ruled on compliance

vital information

The Mail & Guardian’s essential coverage of the ongoing coronavirus crisis is free to read for everyone.

If you would like to support us, please consider taking out a subscription.

Latest

Zuma foundation claims ex-president was prepared to testify, but Zondo played politics

Zuma’s namesake organisation twists facts and the law – he told Zondo he would answer questions but only in private to the deputy chief justice

President urges caution against more contagious Covid variant as SA moves to level 1

The curfew is shorter, alcohol sale times almost normal and more people can meet at religious, social, political and cultural gatherings

Zulu land body challenges audit outcome

Ingonyama Trust Board chairperson Jerome Ngwenya has challenged the audit process in the face of a series of unfavourable ratings

Press Releases