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Paul Jacobson
Works at Wireless Application Service Providers Association
Attended University of the Witwatersrand
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I opted to receive notifications when some people post on G+. How do I edit those settings? I can't work out where I do that.
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+Gina Jacobson got to drive a Peugeot 3008 for a couple days. Awesome car! I took these photos for her review/post about the #FeelPeugeot  experience.
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So this is the ad the SABC refused to air. No wonder, it asks pretty tough questions of the ANC which the ruling party would be hard pressed to answer. I really hope we see the +Democratic Alliance receiving enough of the vote to take Gauteng. I want to see what the party can do in 5 years.
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+mrCDM3000 I would imagine that the votes that matter are more likely to watch SABC than be here or watch overpriced satellite television.

With affordable broadband internet access penetration as (unacceptably) low as it is in South Africa, this is, unfortunately, the last place the ruling (or any other) party need to worry about this advert being distributed.
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Why you really should supervise your kids when they test lightsabers in toy stores
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Wow! Quite impressive! :)
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Happy Easter to our friends!
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This is an awesome Superman retrospective!
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+Jen Sutherland posted a photo of her beadwork desk companion so here is mine.

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Will be sure to do that :)
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It is easy to fixate on the Protection of Personal Information Act but #dataprotection  is about more than just this law. Occasional reminders are helpful so we don't lose sight of the other laws and frameworks which have a bearing.
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Director and Digital Risk Strategist.
Introduction
I love a particular quote attributed to Albert Einstein. He reportedly said "I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious". I like to think I, too, am passionately curious and this curiosity often takes me in wonderful directions. When I applied to join the Wits Law School's LLB program, I believe I wrote that I saw the law as social code and that, as a lawyer, I felt I would have an opportunity to better understand or even help shape that code. My focus on digital risk gives me an opportunity to help write the legal code that underpins emerging digital platforms, trends and services.

I believe in questioning everything and constantly challenging the way things are done. The worst reason to do anything is "because that it how things have always been done". There is tremendous potential to innovate when you step outside traditional paradigms and ask "why?". This is especially true when it comes to digital risk and its legal and compliance components.

My focus areas include data protection, reputational risks, brand and branding protections, digital marketing risks and innovative ways to exploit content using smarter licensing options.

I strategically assess risks and develop plans to more effectively manage those risks. This process is both exciting and fascinating, especially when I collaborate with my clients and colleagues, each with our different perspectives which highlight the many facets of the project's risks. 

Innovative, creative and passionate people inspire me and supporting their work is a powerful motivator for me because these people are the ones who will change our world. I've been fortunate to have been able to work with some truly inspiring clients and I am constantly exploring ways to contribute that evolving social codebase and help create more opportunities for more people to be inspired.
Bragging rights
First specialist social media lawyer in South Africa!
Education
  • University of the Witwatersrand
    Law (LLB degree), 1997 - 1998
    Law school was a fantastic experience. I took a variety of subjects ranging from gender issues to telecommunication law to constitutional law and came to believe that law can be used as a force for social change. As with my undergraduate studies, I also found that my legal studies helped me develop a way of approaching challenges fairly analytically and this was only developed through my work experience.
  • University of the Witwatersrand
    Philosophy and Law (BA degree), 1994 - 1996
    I really enjoyed my studies towards my Bachelor of Arts and I think my favourite subjects were English, Philosophy and Law. When it came to choosing my majors for my degree, I went with Philosophy and Law. Law was a fantastic training for my early career and Philosophy was instrumental in laying the groundwork for my business life as a whole, interestingly enough. The thought processes I seem to have developed there seem to counteract some restrictive thought processes installed by my legal studies and work experience although I'd be fibbing if I said I remember anything of substance from my Philosophy studies.
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Work
Phone
011 440 5132
Mobile
083 444 8260
Email
Fax
086 683 1731
Skype
pljcbsn
Google Talk
paul@webtechlaw.com
Google Talk
paulj@jacobson.co.za
Address
102 11th Avenue Highlands North Johannesburg South Africa
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Work
Occupation
Digital Risk Strategist
Skills
Brand risk management, data protection advice, copyright risk, legal advice, compliance advice, digital marketing risk, mobile services and content risk, WASPA compliance advice, direct marketing risk
Employment
  • Wireless Application Service Providers Association
    Independent Adjudicator and Appeals Panelist, 2008 - present
    I am an independent adjudicator and appeals panelist for the Wireless Applications Service Providers' Association. I assess complaints against and appeals against adjudicators' decisions lodged by WASPA members based on the WASPA Code of Conduct and Advertising Rules which effectively govern mobile services in South Africa through WASPA's self-regulatory framework. My experience with WASPA gives me insight into the practical compliance challenges WASPA members and their clients (which increasingly include a variety of companies which rely on mobile services as critical marketing tools) and how they can remedy non-compliant services, reduce the incidence of fines and other sanctions and develop compliant campaigns and services.
  • Web•Tech•Law
    Director, 2012 - present
    I am a Digital Risk Strategist with a passion for simplifying the risk management process for my clients. How do I do this? I typically spend time with my clients clarifying what they want to achieve, identify and explaining risk factors and help them develop effective legal strategies to reduce their exposure to risk. I also speak about aspects of digital risk management at conferences and run workshops for clients on topics ranging from data protection to using social media in constrained industries such as the tobacco industry. In addition to my work with digital marketers, I have over 5 years' experience adjudicating complaints against mobile services providers both as a single adjudicator as well as an appeal panelist in my role as an independent adjudicator for the Wireless Applications Service Providers' Association. I also advise mobile services companies and marketers on WASPA and related compliance frameworks. My experience collaborating with marketers, creatives, technologists and lawyers qualifies me to translate their respective concerns and expectations in terms that make sense for the others and facilitate viable solutions. My focus areas include mobile services' regulation, privacy and data protection; reputation management in a digital context; content licensing options and evolving social engagement models.
  • Jacobson Attorneys
    Attorney, 2005 - 2013
    Jacobson Attorneys is a South African law firm focussed on the Web, open source technology and related technology and managing the legal risks that emerge from this dynamic ecosystem. Our people are lawyers and technologists who are passionate about the gear they carry, the platforms they use and excited about the legal challenges they face bringing it all together into a vibrant and effective bundle of tools. Some of these legal challenges include content licensing, managing privacy issues and generally managing risks associated with publishing and online communities.
  • iCommons Ltd
    General Counsel and Company Secretary, 2008 - 2008
    In January 2008 I was appointed General Counsel and Company Secretary for iCommons. iCommons is an organisation with a broad vision to develop a united global commons front by collaborating with open education, access to knowledge, free software, open access publishing and free culture communities around the world. As General Counsel and Company Secretary I advised the Executive Director and the Board on a range of legal, regulatory and policy issues.
  • Werksmans
    Attorney, 2001 - 2005
    Conduct general commercial litigation with focus on long terms insurance based litigation on behalf of large insurance companies. Render general legal advice to corporates. I was able to work relatively autonomously although, where required, I supported work being handled by directors of the firm.
  • Werksmans
    Candidate Attorney, 1999 - 2001
    I worked as a candidate attorney largely under David Hertz, a partner (and now director) in the litigation department. My role was primarily to support litigation work in the department and in the commercial department.
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