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First Youth Internet Governance Forum Kenya held ahead of the IGF Kenyan Chapter

First Youth Internet Governance Forum Kenya held ahead of the IGF Kenyan Chapter

As part of the Internet Governance Forum Week, Kenyan Chapter, Watoto Watch Network in partnership with Safaricom, Communications Authority of Kenya and Facebook have held the first Youth Internet Governance Forum Kenyan Chapter.

The event was held at Daystar University and was attended by other key sector players, including representatives from Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANET) as well as Kenya Network Information Centre (KENIC). The event also attracted students from different schools across Nairobi County including Makini School, Nairobi School, St Marys and Nova Academy.

Among the key issues brought up during the sessions were around child online protection and Cyber security from a Government, ISP and Developers perspective. The event also saw the students engage widely on emerging technology trends in the Kenyan Market as well ICT accessibility and Affordability.

Highlighting some of the measures put in place by CA to ensure Internet safety Mr. Joseph Nzano from the Communications Authority of Kenya said that the Authority had put in place a National Computer Incident Response Team-Coordination Centre (National- KE-CIRT/CC), a center that offers technical advisories on cybersecurity matters to relevant stakeholders nationally and coordinates cyber incident responses I collaboration with relevant actors locally regionally and internationally.

In order to enhance Kenya’s National cybercrime management framework and keep abreast with the evolving technology, Mr Nzano also added that Kenya had deployed national Public Key Infrastructure, which is a system that facilitates the Authority’s licensing of Electronic Certification Service Providers.

Through the system, the regulator is able to create store and distribute digital certificates which are used to verify that a particular public key belongs to a certain key.

Speaking at the same event Facebook’s Akua Gyekye also said that Facebook was putting into place measures to protect its over 2 billion users globally, Seven million of whom are Kenyans from any cyber related crimes.

“We take safety quite seriously at Facebook as we use Facebook to connect, learn and share. We provide a platform for people to create content as we do not create content ourselves therefore safety being quite key. We are trying to make the internet quite safe by enhancing our security measures every day. That is why we introduced the Facebook Privacy Basics some time back,” she said.

She however cautioned that people should take a little more time to check out the Facebook Settings to ensure they know whom and what they are sharing their information with.

This Year’s Kenya Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is scheduled for Thursday July 6, 2017 at the Laico Regency Hotel in Nairobi under the theme “Internet and Elections” ahead of theGeneral Elections slated for August 8, 2017. The outcomes are expected to feed into the Global IGF slated for December 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland under the global theme of “Shape Your Digital Future!.”

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Internet Governance Forum since its inception in 2006. The IGF is a forum for multi-stakeholder dialogue on public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance issues, such as the Internet’s sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development. The United Nations Secretary-General formally announced the establishment of the IGF in July 2006 and the first meeting was convened in October/November 2006.

Courtesy of CIO


Evolution of bullying.


The number one issue that young people always bring to our attention every time we interact with them during training sessions is CYBER BULLYING and this is how they define it …

when I post a photo on the net which I believe is my best photo, all well dressed up, awaiting awesome comments and so many likes; it’s never the case; there’s that one or two people who write nasty and heart breaking comments which take my self-esteem to zero.

Another definition they give as cyber bullying is someone (bullies) downloads your awesome photos, alters them by putting humiliating texts on the images and reposting them to the web.

Ten years ago internet in Kenyan schools was almost inexistent, bullying did exist but in different forms like being told to give up all your school cyber_bullyingshopping by the senior students, being told to wash senior student clothes, being forced to do crazy things like -imagine the floor was a swimming pool, dive into it and swim….good thing this stopped after closing boarding school and going home for holidays.

First forward to this day and time if “any bullying occurs’” in schools the joy of going home and forgetting about it for a couple of hours or holiday weeks is no longer there because bullies have now taken on the internet to continue with the bullying.

Dealing with Cyber Bullying in Kenya has been a losing battle because of lack of a clearly spelled out law against this, the introduction of the Computer and Cyber Crime bill 2016 once passed to a law will come as a relieve to young people who are being bullied online. The bill clearly outlines bullying as a cyber crime which holds a hefty penalty of be a fine not exceeding twenty million shillings or to an imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years or to both. Our hope is that this will discourage harassment and negativity on online platforms and encourage awesome online experiences without fear of using online platforms by young people.


Worst Kenyan Online Culture!

Worst Kenyan Online Culture

Something very unfortunate occurred a couple of days ago a child in primary school came across very terrifying images of one of the parents who had passed on through a tragic accident. The images were splattered online by strangers, people who wanted to be recognized as being the first ones at the scene and witnessing the ordeal first hand. But what has this done to this child who is currently undergoing counselling.

My question is to the people who take these photos, post them and share them on our social network platforms; Do you know once a photo is posted online it will forever be there? do you know how tormenting it can be for family members to access and revisit these photos over and over again throughout the years?

We have talked about this online practice during our programs with the parents, child protection workers and other partners, but now this has to be screamed out loud.

This Kenyan Online Culture is very worrying, when a road accident occurs people rush to the scene to take photos of the grisly incident and immediately start posting them online. For the past two years, it has been increasingly common occurrence.

As a parent / guardian have you ever exposed these photos/videos to your child unknowingly? Children as young as two years of age can navigate through a phone and access the photos. Question is before you give your child your phone to play games, do you remember to scan through the photos and see if they are appropriate? If you use a social network platform you are well aware that some of them automatically save photos on your phone!

So how do we stop this? Is it through policies and laws being put up against the posting of such photos and video’s online or is it just the humanity in us that will break this habit out of respect for the family members and respect for the departed.

We are writing on behalf of the children in Kenya who use ICT technology. Let’s lead by example and not scare them from an enjoyable online experience.


University student jailed for insulting President Uhuru Kenyatta

University student jailed for insulting President Uhuru Kenyatta

Alan Wadi Okengo alias Lieutenant Wadi was jailed for two years after pleading guilty on two counts of hate speech and abusing the Head of State.

A fourth-year university student will spend two years in jail for posting on social media unprintable insults against President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Alan Wadi Okengo, alias Lieutenant Wadi, was accused of posting the messages on his Facebook account on December 18 and 19 at an unknown place within Kenya.

Wadi, 25, a political science student at Moi University, was arrested as he attempted to sneak out of the country through the Busia border on December 31.

He was brought back to Nairobi CID headquarters where he was interrogated by cybercrime police sleuths.

Wadi, who looked composed, told Milimani Law Courts resident magistrate Ms Ann Kaguru that he was ready to “apologise to President Kenyatta personally if he was not handed down a custodial sentence.”

The charge against the university student stated that “the message he sent was calculated to to bring into contempt the lawful authority of the President of the Republic of Kenya.”


His plea was not factored when he was he was being sentenced after pleading guilty to two charges of hate speech and demeaning authority of a public officer, contrary to Section 132 of the Penal Code.

In her ruling, Ms Kaguru said , “the offence is serious and a deterrent penalty is called for to serve as a warning to others abusing the social media forums.”

She proceeded to pronounce the sentence after saying that “he was convicted on his own plea of guilty.”

A state counsel, Mathew Karori, told the magistrate that the accused was arrested while he was about to cross the border through “panya routes” (unofficial exit) to a neighbouring country.”

Mr Karori urged the court to treat the remorseful student as a first offender although he said the abuse of the social media forum should be discouraged.

Wadi was accused of posting the two offensive messages when National Assembly passed the Security Laws (Amendment) Act No 19 of 2014 on December 18 and the following day when President Kenyatta signed the Bill to become law last year.

The first indictment was that he posted a hate speech message intended to stir up ethnic hatred between various Kenyan communities on the other by alleging a particular tribe should be deported to their home county.

Courtesy of Nation Newspaper:

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