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The abuse of data by large corporation is largely becoming a threat to democracy, human rights and the right to privacy of individuals. In April, NBC News broke a story detailing how Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had used data gathered by the platform to support his friends and defeat his rivals.  These companies obtain location data, pictures, and email addresses without the consent of users.
 
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The deputy minister of communications, Pinky Kekana, says that government is looking at what the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) means for South Africans in both metropolitan and rural areas.  However, for that to take place, research and development activities must take place locally alongside commercialisation and patenting solutions that would help South African society.
 
Kekana cautioned that the risks and challenges that come with 4IR developments should not be ignored. One of the most obvious issues in a country with already high youth unemployment is the impact of automation will have on jobs.
 
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