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3 Things to Expect from the Anonymous Cyber War against Isis, According to Arthur Goldstuck

Tech-Savvy ParentingArthur Goldstuck, MD of World Wide Worx and co-author of Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World, spoke to IT Web recently about hacktivist group Anonymous declaring cyber war on ISIS.

Anonymous announced their move in a video released on Sunday night, and according to Goldstuck: “Collective cheers were heard around the world.”

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Goldstuck says there are three things we can expect to come out of Anonymous attacks:

  • 1. Tremendous vigilance of Web sites created by ISIS and sustained attacks on them.
  • 2. Attempts to compromise ISIS’ anonymity.
  • 3. A divergence of ISIS resources as the group will have to invest more in cyber security to keep Anonymous out.

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Goldstuck says Anonymous attacks are specifically targeted, with less chance of collateral damage.

“The video was very symbolically powerful because it used the same techniques as ISIS. People do not realise how technology- and Internet-savvy ISIS is. Anonymous has met them on their battleground with this video.

“The terrorist group is powerless to retaliate as Anonymous are what they are: anonymous,” says Goldstuck.

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3 Questions Your Children Must Ask Themselves before Posting Anything Online – Nikki Bush (Video)

Tech-Savvy ParentingNikki Bush, parenting expert and author of Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World, was recently featured on the Expresso Show to speak about the risks and potential for children when they interact online.

Bush discusses cyber-bullying, YouTube stars and what parents need to do to steer their children in the right direction, with presenter Ewan Strydom. She says it is most important “to teach children to make the best possible choices they can online. They need to understand that everything that they’re doing is a choice”.

Bush lists three questions children should be taught to ask about every action online, whether posting content or simply responding to others’ posts. Children need to consider: “Is this good for me?” “Is this good for the person I’m talking about?” and “Is it good for my reputation?”

Finally, Bush emphasises the importance of valuable connections in teaching children that people are more important than what happens online.

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Nikki Bush’s Advice for Parents on “Suicide Hour” – That Tricky Time at the End of the Day

Tech-Savvy ParentingNikki Bush, parenting expert and author of Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World, recently shared advice about effective parenting during “suicide hour” with Redi Tlhabi on CapeTalk / Talk Radio 702.

In the podcast, Bush says that the last few hours of the day are hard on parents because they might be tired from work, and “a lot of stuff needs to happen in the last two to three hours of the day”.

Bush advises that parents do what air-hostesses always say: “You must use your oxygen mask first.” Parents need to be able to inhale when they are “feeling pap” before they can care for their children. She gives a few practical tips for getting this right.

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  • Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World by Nikki Bush and Arthur Goldstuck
    EAN: 9781920434908
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The Rise and Fall of Mxit, South Africa’s Social Media Messaging Start-up (Podcast)

Really, Don't Panic!Moenie stres nie!Mxit, South African-made social media messaging platform once hailed as “a success story the likes of Facebook in its own context”, has been closed down as a commercial operation.

Alan Knott-Craig Jnr, internet entrepreneur and editor of Really, Don’t Panic! (Afrikaans: Moenie stres nie!), acquired Mxit in 2011. But he was not, for a number of reasons, able to innovate fast enough to safeguard the company’s user share against the rising tide of smartphone messaging and social media apps.

Knott-Craig Jnr recently resigned as Mxit’s CEO. Read Stuart Thomas’ article about what he did for the company:

It makes sense then that he describes thinking of the maverick entrepreneur as a “breath of fresh air” at the time.

While Marshall acknowledges that there was a little bit of organised chaos, largely down to each of the World of Avatar CEOs wanting a slice of Mxit’s resources, he says he was inspired by the sense that Knott-Craig was there to knock down all the old walls at Mxit and was willing to try new things.

He’s not alone either. In an article published on Memeburn shortly after Knott-Craig’s departure, former Mxit employee Frans de Villiers describes him as “Mxit’s Barack Obama”, there to bring fresh ideas to a company that had “lost a lot of its amazingness”.

Despite his initial optimism, it’s clear that Knott-Craig knew that Mxit was up against it from the start of his short tenure as CEO. In early 2012, he told a press conference that Mxit had “one last chance” to get back on track or the company would collapse.

Ben-Carl Havemann, spokesperson for Mxit, spoke to Mike Wills on CapeTalk about the commercial closure and the future of the messenger as part of the Reach Trust, a charitable arm of the company.

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Tech-Savvy ParentingArthur Goldstuck, tech-expert and co-author of Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World, was asked to comment on the closure of Mxit by Sibusiso Tshabalala for Quartz Africa.

Goldstuck said that the closure of the messaging app was not surprising, but there is still much that other start-ups could learn from the rise and fall of Mxit.

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“The first thing [Mxit] did wrong is that they became complacent when they were at their peak. They made the same mistake Netscape made in the 90s— it underestimated Microsoft, and two years Netscape was wiped out. It was not only the rise of smartphones that led to Mxit’s decline, it was also the rise of other social networks. They woke up too late,” said Goldstuck.

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  • Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World by Nikki Bush and Arthur Goldstuck
    EAN: 9781920434908
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“Children have the Power to Use Smartphones as Either Weapons or Tools” – Nikki Bush (Podcast)

Tech-Savvy ParentingNikki Bush, parenting expert and author of Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World, was recently featured on Redi Thlabi’s Talk Radio 702 show to give her considered opinion about children having cellphones.

“Cellphones are a concern for families, because the world is going mobile,” Bush says. “There are about a billion computers on the planet, but there are about six billion cellphones, and they are increasingly becoming smartphones.”

Almost all the children Bush meets in her talks have smartphones, or at least cellphones. “Children have the power to use these powerful devices as either weapons or tools,” she says, adding that it is imperative that parents equip their children to make good decisions in this respect.

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  • Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World by Nikki Bush and Arthur Goldstuck
    EAN: 9781920434908
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Why are Memes so Popular During Sport Events like the Rugby World Cup? Arthur Goldstuck Explains

Tech-Savvy ParentingArthur Goldstuck, tech trends expert and co-author of Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World, was recently quoted in an article by Nivashni Nair for Times LIVE about why memes become so popular during sport events.

Goldstuck believes that memes gain traction because they unite people by means of humour, but also because they “provide a form of healing”. He points to South Africa’s unexpected loss to Japan in the first round of the Rugby World Cup as an example of this.

For this reason, Goldstuck says, “The popularity of memes grows during sporting or political events.”

 
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“Humour is a great healer especially after something as painful as the rugby loss. That is definitely a classic example of humour being used to relieve pain,” he said referring to South Africa’s loss to Japan

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  • Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World by Nikki Bush and Arthur Goldstuck
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Don’t Miss the Social Media Landscape 2016 Briefing with Arthur Goldstuck in Joburg and Cape Town

Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital WorldArthur Goldstuck, tech trends expert and co-author of Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World, is presenting the Social Media Landscape 2016 Briefing in Johannesburg and Cape Town with colleague Michal Wronski.

The briefing incorporates talks and reports by 20 successful social media marketers with strong opinions about how to work the social media landscape in South Africa. The line-up includes Gil Sperling, Bellinda Carreira, Chris Davies, MJ Khan and many more.

Don’t miss this!

The most-influential social media briefing of the year takes place in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 16 September 2015, and in Cape Town on Thursday 17 September, when Arthur Goldstuck and Michal Wronski present their annual Social Media Landscape 2016 Briefing.

Johannesburg

  • Date: Wednesday, 16 September 2015
  • Time: 8 AM to 3:30 PM
  • Venue: Sunnyside Park Hotel
    Princess of Wales Terrace
    Parktown | Map
  • Cost per delegate: R3 950
  • Tickets: Marketing Mix Conferences

 

Cape Town

  • Date: Thursday, 17 September 2015
  • Time: 8 AM to 3:30 PM
  • Venue: Sports Science Institute
    Boundary Road
    Newlands | Map
  • Cost per delegate: R3 950
  • Tickets: Marketing Mix Conferences

 

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Teaching Children to Use a Tablet is as Important as Reading and Writing – Nikki Bush

Tech-Savvy ParentingNikki Bush, creative parenting expert, speaker and author of Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World, has shared a presentation that serves as an introduction to people looking for parenting guidance in a digital world.

“Where does a child’s technological journey start?” Bush asks. “Does it start with the device or does it start with you, the parent?”

Bush says she believes the journey starts with parents, and the journey itself is what matters.

“If you thought it was important for your children to learn how to read and write,” she adds, “it is vitally important that they learn how to use new media, because this is how the future world of work is going to operate.”

However, an important point that Bush highlights is that parents are “at a disadvantage”, as they are “playing catch-up” to their children who were born into a world of technology.

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  • Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World by Nikki Bush amnd Arthur Goldstuck
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Arthur Goldstuck Praises Uber’s Business Model, But Warns it Not to Get Too Big for its Boots

Tech-Savvy ParentingUber – the taxi service app that arrived in South Africa in 2013 – is under fire from traditional meter-taxi operators in Cape Town and Johannesburg because of its low cost and more extensive reach.

Uber has also announced that it will be introducing new services in South Africa, specifically UberPool, which allows people from the same area to share taxis at a cheaper cost, and a food delivery service, UberEats.

Arthur Goldstuck, the MD of World Wide Worx and co-author of Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World, admires the innovation shown by the company, but warns that it should not get above its station.

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The Uber business model has shown how regulation is behind the times and unable to keep up with changes in technology.

Mr Goldstuck urges Uber to guard against assuming it has the right to do what it likes in an environment that traditionally has been strictly regulated.

“It must seek ways to fit in with the regulatory framework, and help guide that framework, rather than set itself up as a maverick champion of the consumer that will flout government regulations simply because it is often able to be anonymous.

“That approach would not serve the public, as it puts the customer at risk,” he says.

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Video: Nikki Bush Shares Some Wisdom on Connecting with Your Children in the Face of Branding Noise

Tech-Savvy ParentingNikki Bush, parenting expert and co-author of Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World, recently shared some wisdom about how parents can help their children cope with branding and consumerism in a conversation with Katlego Maboe on Expresso.

Bush explains that the parenting environment is “very noisy” because of how technology and branding pervade children’s everyday lives. “Everybody is vying for our children’s attention”, she says, in order to sell products.

“What brands can’t do is connect with our children face to face,” Bush says. Children really need this connection, and properly nurturing it will insulate them from many consumerist ills.

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  • Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World by Nikki Bush and Arthur Goldstuck
    EAN: 9781920434908
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