South Africa is becoming a connected, internet-savvy place.
There are more smartphones in South Africa than there are people and the hunger
for data is insatiable. People go online for information, entertainment and
inspiration, but also increasingly to share their own opinions with the world.
This invariably leads to conflicts about what opinions are and aren’t
acceptable - and to a blurring of the lines between hate speech, free speech
and offensive speech.
Gareth will tell us about -
Freedom on the Internet - Cliffcentral.com
Getting into trouble
Why freedom of expression is important, and how the fight
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Gareth Cliff - Founder and President of CliffCentral.com
(host of “The Gareth Cliff Show”) and Mnet Idols judge, Gareth Cliff is one of
South African radio's most prominent personalities. On 1st May 2014, Gareth
took the giant leap from traditional terrestrial radio to the future of internet
and mobile with the aim of creating the pre-eminent “infotainment” online
content hub. It’s about sharing in real conversations - everything that happens
in our world - everything we all experience every day – what makes us think… makes
us laugh… makes us cry... makes us angry… inspires us… empowers us… what makes
Gareth kicked off his
career at Radio TUKS in Pretoria in 1998 and later “graduated” to 702 Talk
Radio as a producer while he was still studying. It was here that he was given his
first major break in radio where he attracted a lot of attention for his
irreverence and intelligence, replacing the legendary John Berks on the 702
Breakfast Show in 2001. In 2003, Gareth accepted an offer on 5FM where he
remained for ten years and hosted the breakfast show for seven years.
Gareth has won numerous
awards over the years for best radio and television personality and presenter
and regularly hosts events both as an MC, speaker and a conference facilitator.
Beyond the public eye,
Gareth has demonstrated his commitment to his audience and passion about South
Africa by generously giving of his time to causes that are close to his heart.
He regularly gives motivational talks at schools and universities and has been the
ambassador of several education initiatives and is the patron for Headway
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