JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) Lawyers for Jacob Zuma have until midnight to file papers outlining why nearly 800 corruption charges shelved before he became South African president eight years ago but recently reinstated by the courts should not be brought against him.
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam When access to Facebooks Messenger app went intermittent throughout Vietnam on Nov. 4 an unusual occurrence, even in this repressive state netizens were thrown for a loop. Has it happened already? some of my Facebook friends asked.
Messenger was on the fritz in other countries as well, and earlier that day Typhoon Damrey had hit Vietnams central coast, hard. Yet some of my friends were attributing the service disruption to something else: a cybersecurity bill that had made headlines the day before.
The bill was released for public consultation in June but only garnered wide attention recently, when as the National Assembly was reconvening, the Chamber of Commerce stated its objections. The proposed law requires foreign tech giants like Google, Facebook and Skype to set up offices and data servers in Vietnam. Although the National Assembly isnt expected to vote on the bill until mid-2018, the prospect of it has already sparked fear among internet users, the business community and even some lawmakers.
The government cites growing concerns over cybersecurity and fake news as reasons to exert more control over social-media platforms. But internet access has also served as an outlet for political activism and exposs denouncing corruption and govern...