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Kenya has been in campaign mood for the past few months and the controversy surrounding use of technology in the 2017 General Elections in Kenya adds a spanner to the works. In the immediate previous elections, technology was employed in three areas: Biometric Voter Registration (…Continue
Added by Grace Mutung'u on January 4, 2017 at 5:00am — No Comments
There is a Kenyan audio doing rounds on the Internet about a girl being withdrawing consent in what sounds like a pre-consented sexual encounter. A lot has been said about the violence in the video and I will not belabour that point. It does bring to mind the question of technology and violence against women (techvaw).
Violence against women is any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental…Continue
Added by Grace Mutung'u on August 11, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments
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This topic attempts to provide the space to discuss a variety of
emerging issues in the Internet space.
1. The mandate of WSIS, a meeting of the UN that took place in 2005 in
Tunis is coming to an end. The WSIS process gave birth to the Internet
Governance Forum (IGF) which is up for renewal at end of this year.
From IGF discussions, there are no concrete proposals…
Added by Grace Mutung'u on July 24, 2015 at 9:42am — No Comments
1. Is there an over arching national policy to guide infrastructure
deployments within the country?
2. What is the current state of fiber optic cable across the country?
Is there any redundancy on the cables laid across the country?
3. Are there policies in place for infrastructure sharing to avoid
each operator laying their own cable thus passing the cost to the…
Added by Grace Mutung'u on July 23, 2015 at 8:32am — No Comments
The rise of the Internet economy in Kenya has been defined by
different strokes. On one hand there are small entrepreneurs doing
their side hustles from offices, small shops and car boots. They
advertise their merchandise and services on social media and in a
rudimentary form, some deliver merchandise in backpacks from door to
Enter the bigger players who have large…
Added by Grace Mutung'u on July 22, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments
Kenya has had its fair share of high profile cyber threats, hacking etc, the latest being the alleged compromise of the IFMIS system at NYS/Ministry of Devolution. The country and Africa at large is making efforts to assure cyber-security. These include among others her involvement in the Africa Union Convention on Cybercrime and a proposal for a Cybercrime law, an initiative led by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Significant financial resources have also been…Continue
Added by Grace Mutung'u on July 21, 2015 at 8:21am — No Comments
Since promulgation of the Constitution, Kenya has become a litigious society, and the ICT/Internet sector has not been spared. For instance, the processes used to constitute public ICT bodies was contested while a good part of the digital migration process also played out in the public galleries.
Looking at Kenya's…
Added by Grace Mutung'u on July 20, 2015 at 8:05am — No Comments
KENYA INTERNET GOVERNANCE FORUM 2015
Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development
31st July 2015
The Stanley Hotel, Nairobi…
Added by Grace Mutung'u on July 17, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments
African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms was launched during the 2014 IGF at Istanbul. In true African style, the Declaration has a long title, similar to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, on which it is based.
The Declaration espouses 12 principles among them openness, freedom of expression, right to association…Continue
Added by Grace Mutung'u on September 29, 2014 at 4:07pm — No Comments
The Supreme Court of Kenya on 31st March gave a ruling on the Presidential Elections petitions, paving way for the Jubilee Coalition government to take over the running of the national government for the next five years. Of interest to many Kenyans as well as the ICT sub-sector is the Jubilee Coalition promise to provide solar powered laptops to every child within the first 100 days in office.
The relevant part of the Jubilee manifesto reads:
Added by Grace Mutung'u on April 3, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments
In December 2007 Kenya held her third General Elections under multiparty democracy. After announcement of the results, violence broke out in many parts of the country, with claims that the elections had been rigged. An agreement that came to be known as the National Accord was brokered by an African Union sponsored panel of African personalities. Under this framework, an Independent Review Commission (IREC) led by Judge Johann Kriegler was formed and tasked with investigating the cause of…Continue
Added by Grace Mutung'u on March 22, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments
(not in any order, not exhaustive)
Open Data and e-Government
Inclusion of youth and women
On July 24th 2011, we attended the 8th KENIC AGM. As you know KENIC is a multistakeholder organisation so membership is drawn from government (CCK), Private sector (registrars, ISPs) and public through civil society. The minutes will be put online but here are some highlights from the meeting:
Google is partnering with KENIC to increase local content. KENIC gave Google a chance to make a presentation to especially registrars on how they can partner especially to increase…Continue
Added by Grace Mutung'u on July 29, 2011 at 10:14am — No Comments
HAKI NA KANUNI 10 ZA MTANDAO WA INTERNET
Hati hii inafafanua haki na kanuni kumi muhimu ambazo ni msingi kwa uongozi bora wa Mtandao wa Internet (Mtandao). Zimekusanywa na Muungano wa Haki na Kanuni za Mtandao (Dynamic Coalition on Internet Rights and Principles), ambao ni mkusanyiko wazi wa watu binafsi na mashirika yanayozingatia haki za kibinadamu katika Mtandao. Kanuni hizi zinazingatia viwango vya haki za kibinadamu vya kimataifa na zimetokana na Mkataba wa Haki na Kanuni za…Continue
Added by Grace Mutung'u on July 4, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments
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This is a copy of a blog post also available at http://isoc.org/wp/igf2010/ ISOC's 2010 IGF Blog
Why is private data of businesses or bodies corporate held as property yet the private communications of an individual do not get this treatment? By the end of the future of privacy workshop, this was one of the questions
Added by Grace Mutung'u on September 22, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments
For a budding lawyer, the IGF presents a rare opportunity to learn, to argue and sometimes even give opinions without quoting precedent! This year, the IGF keeps up to these expectations with close
to twenty workshops and meetings on legal themes. The topics vary from
corporate and social governance; human rights and freedoms on the
Added by Grace Mutung'u on September 14, 2010 at 12:09pm — No Comments
THE PROPOSED CONSTITUTION of Kenya has been received with mixed reactions, with two clauses- on abortion and inclusion of Kadhi’s Courts- drawing the greatest…Continue