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If you remember anything today, it is that before installing any app or using it, take a few minutes
July 18 · Issue #45 · View online
iAfrikan Daily Brief
If you remember anything today, it is that before installing any app or using it, take a few minutes to read the Terms Of Use and Privacy Policy. - Tefo Mohapi

FaceApp has been trending on social media, Apple’s App Store, Google’s Play Store and even on Main Stream Media as celebrities and the hoi polloi alike use the app and are amazed at how it can generate older and younger versions of their faces just from a single photo they give the app. The Russian app (I mention Russian just to try and make you suspicious but it actually doesn’t really matter from which country the app is) uses Artificial Intelligence (AI), specifically, an AI methodology known as a GAN (Generative Adversarial Network) to identify, replace, and modify facial features. I won’t bore you with the technical as I’ve touched on this in a previous issue of this newsletter titled “Difficult to tell what’s real.”
The point I found interesting is how we all are quick to use any app, especially on smartphones, without reading the Terms Of Use or the Privacy Policy. In the case of FaceApp, whose Terms Of Use are similar to those of Twitter and Facebook, the terms are quite invasive and effectively mean you hand over your photos and location data, full names related to the photos and any other data related to the photos over to FaceApp for eternity and you forego any compensation regarding how they choose to use such data and photos.
Younger Elon Musk vs Older Elon Musk as (AI) generated by FaceApp.
The point here is not so much about FaceApp but how we just have developed a habit of installing apps without checking what permissions they require. You might find it a frivolous argument to discuss FaceApp’s Terms Of Use but take an app like TrueCaller, the spam call blocking app, it has an extensive list of data it collects from your phone completely unrelated to spam call blocking you end up having to ask what are they really doing with that data? (e.g. the app collects your installed apps list, web browsing history, Ads you’ve clicked on, and more).
How the Truecaller app puts your privacy at risk
It’s still relatively early days to tell how all this data we hand over to various digital platforms will be used. However, the idea that I hand over all rights to my personal data and media perpetually to someone else doesn’t sit well with me, and it should concern you too.
On a lighter note…
We tried #FaceApp with @Pharrell...

Before After
3:08 PM - 17 Jul 2019
📷 FaceApp, the photo editing app that uses Artificial Intelligence and seems to go viral at least twice a year since 2017, highlights a perennial problem among users on the Internet, that they hardly read the Privacy Policy or Terms of Use. It is worth taking time out to read what an app is all about before you use it. Link
📅 Firstly, I didn’t know that Nigerian-born Tope Awotona is the founder of popular scheduling service Calendly. Secondly, I didn’t know was this big, i.e. a $30 million annual recurring revenue company growing at 100% year on year. Lastly, as is common across Africa, Tope was turned down by ALL venture capitalists when he ran out of savings and yet Calendly was generating revenue and growing. In his words, I watched other people who fit a different "profile” get money thrown at them for shitty ideas. Those VCs were ignorant and shortsighted. The only thing I could attribute it to was that I was black.“ Link
🤖 South Africans are fairly pessimistic about the ability of government to minimise the human costs of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. There should also be campaigns to inform the public about technological change and the planned response for the country. Link
Looking Back
Long before cell phones (mobile phones) were popular in Africa and even in Western countries such as the USA, Zaire (present day Democratic Republic of Congo) already had a reported 3,000 mobile phone subscribers on the first ever mobile network in Africa in the 1980s. This was a result of Rwandan-born and Zaire-educated Miko Rwayitare seeing an opportunity and starting TeleCel, Africa’s first ever mobile network in 1985, and selling handsets initially to Zaire’s government at $3,000 a unit and approximately $16 a minute.
Rwayitare was born in 1942 and would later pass away in 2007 in Belgium. He is not only credited with building Africa’s first ever mobile services provider but also probably the first ever cell phone call in Africa during 1986.
Miko Rwayitare
Also known as the father of telecommunications in Africa, Rwayitare would go on to build TeleCel into a pan-African company and in the process himself becoming a billionaire. At its prime, TeleCel had 15 telecommunications licences and operated in 14 countries across Africa.
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