Understanding the legal framework of our digital world

14 October 2021 | From Kgethi

Dear colleagues and students

Despite social media’s communication advantages, it also presents significant risks which need to be addressed. Institutions in particular need to proactively develop strategies for reducing potential risks associated with the use of social media.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) will host a webinar on managing social media risks, titled “Understanding the legal framework of our digital world – reputation, privacy, fake news, social media activism and recent developments in the law”.

The webinar will be addressed by South Africa’s leading expert on social media law, Ms Emma Sadleir. She will describe recent changes in the social media and online world and the pitfalls, complexities and other related issues we need to watch out for as a university.

Sadleir is founder of the Digital Law Company, which specialises in educating and advising corporates, employees, schools, parents, teachers and universities on the legal, disciplinary and reputational risks of social media. She is co-author of the book, Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex … And Other Legal Advice for the Age of Social Media, published in 2014; and the co-author of the social media section of the legal textbook, Communications Law, published in 2015. Her most recent book, Selfies, Sexts and Smartphones: A Teenager’s Online Survival Guide, was published in 2017.

Her presentation will be followed by a question and answer session where she will engage with the audience.

When: Wednesday, 20 October 2021
Time: 17:00 to 18:30 SAST
Platform: Microsoft Teams

Please register online to attend the virtual event.


Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng

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