Financial Mail: Pound of Flesh

Part three of my Pound of Flesh series of data-driven articles on SA consumer debt (supported by impactAfrica)... This was the cover package of the Financial Mail on 22 March 2018. How reckless lending is killing the economy Reckless lending is back in the dock as another consumer takes on Capitec over possible contravention of … Continue reading Financial Mail: Pound of Flesh

Financial Mail: Check up on government

In 2017 I did quite a lot of research and writing on civic technology - how technologies are being used to strengthen links between people, their governments, civil society organisations, and services. Civic tech is used to give citizens a voice, to help them access public or civil society provided services and - critically - … Continue reading Financial Mail: Check up on government

Business Day: How garnishees keep gouging debtors

Part of my Pound of Flesh series of data-driven articles on SA consumer debt (supported by impactAfrica)... This appeared in the Business Day on 12 October 2017. How garnishees keep gouging debtors Despite a landmark ruling, shady collectors are still preying on victims It has been 13 months since the Constitutional Court handed down what … Continue reading Business Day: How garnishees keep gouging debtors

Navigating the tricky ethical terrain of big data: Business Day

This is an extract of a piece I recently wrote on the ethics of personal data commercialisation. This piece appeared in the print edition (on 6 July 2015) and on the website. TOM Cruise’s 2002 science fiction drama, The Minority Report, involved a world of sensors and machines that knew more about the humans they … Continue reading Navigating the tricky ethical terrain of big data: Business Day