New open mining format under development

The Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) is developing Version 2.0 of the Open Mining Format (OMF), an open-source file specification for 3D data interoperability. Mining requires a wide range of spatial data, and new technologies are adding to their complexity. While these changes create better representations of geological phenomena, moving complex data between proprietary software […]

Release of ethics guidelines for trustworthy AI

In April, the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence presented their ethics guidelines for trustworthy artificial intelligence. This follows the publication of the guidelines’ first draft in December 2018 on which more than 500 comments were received through an open consultation. According to the guidelines, trustworthy artificial intelligence should be: Lawful – respecting […]

ICASA paid but lack of new policy turns SA’s world of communications topsy-turvy

Withholding ICASA’s quarterly funding, withdrawing the draft ECA Amendment Bill and negating on the promise to publish a revised communications policy by 30 April is turning plans for South Africa’s broadband and communications for all in disarray! After ICASA told South Africa on Tuesday (29 April) that it would take the Minister of Communications to […]

Minister of Comms dumps ICASA into a financial crisis

Yesterday (29 April), the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) filed an urgent interdict in the Pretoria High Court to compel the Minister of Communications, Thembisile Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, to release the quarterly funding which was due to ICASA in early April. The Minister had instructed the Department of Communications to withhold payment because she […]