Sex trafficking can be considered a modern day form of slavery. You would think slavery ended long ago. But no, it's still lurking in our society's backyards. Unfortunately, the proliferation of technology, such as the Internet and mobile tools, has played its role in enabling and faciliating the abduction, sale and procurement of transportation of sex slaves which are most commonly girls or young women.
The question is how. How exactly will the Protection from Harassment Act, which came into effect this past weekend, truly enforce the broad changes it champions?
The one glaring difference is that cyberbullies are now within the reach of the law's extending arm. While South Africa's digital media have been used by people across a wide range of generations, the protection of certain rights remained - up until now - a slightly grey area.
You’d have to be insane to invest in interactive storytelling in South Africa. Web staff and new digital journalists need special skills; multimedia storytelling is time consuming and expensive; and – in an environment where online ad revenue and local connectivity is relatively low – returns (financial or users) are hardly guaranteed.
But the Daily Dispatch of East London is crazy. Like a fox – crazy.
In the digital age the commercial value of content is increasingly important.
Those of us who download each episode of Grey’s Anatomy almost immediately after its release (did you SEE the finale of Season five?!) have no reason to watch the show on normal TV. This means that we will never see the adverts that various companies have paid for, which means that these companies are losing revenue and are therefore less likely to invest in television ads in the future. Those of us who still watch normal TV can use our PVR decoders to fast-forward through the ads anyway.
Nope is a group of people who are not happy. They are not happy with the political situation in South Africa, the heated wars that permeate the globe, or with the current state of democracy. These people have decided not to vote in the past elections, claiming that “Our dreams do not fit on your ballots”.