Biased algorithms

A while back we looked into why a Google image search for "unprofessional hair" gave distinctively different results to a search for "professional hair". Despite others, who looked into the same exercise, putting the blame solely on Google's search algorithm for being "racist", a deeper look into the search results…

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Uber drivers in South Africa get emergency app

Uber has announced a partnership in South Africa which will see its Uber and Uber Eats drivers and delivery partners gain access to an app that connects them to the closest private emergency response vehicles from a nationwide network of security or medical response partners. The app will be provided…

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Uber Eats acquired South Africa's orderTalk

In a move that validates South Africa's venture capital sector and technology startups ecosystem, Uber Eats has acquired orderTalk, a South African company offering restaurants globally online food ordering systems. The acquisition has been announced by South Africa's Knife Capital. orderTalk was founded during 1998 by Hilton Keats after securing…

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Uber moves to prevent drowsy driving

Uber has introduced a policy it hopes will reduce its drivers in South Africa from driving when drowsy. The new feature known as the "hours policy" will see Uber drivers in South Africa prompted to go offline for six straight hours after a total of 12 hours of driving time.…

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State Sovereignty in the Internet age

If we had to distill part of what defines a nation's sovereignty, it would possibly come down to four key factors. Namely: Energy independence Financial independence Military independence Food independence I am aware that there are other factors that determine whether a state is sovereign or not, but, for the…

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New regulations for Uber and Careem drivers in Egypt

Egypt's parliament has approved new draft laws for ride-hailing platforms such as Uber and Careem. One of the laws, which hasn't been well received by Uber and Careem drivers, states that ride-hailing apps drivers will be required to have an identifying sticker on their cars at all times, failing which…

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