The 2017 Edition of the Kenya Internet Governance Forum (KIGF), Laico Regency Hotel, Nairobi, Thursday, 6 July 2017

Theme: Internet and Elections: Shaping Our Digital Future

Overview of the Kenya IGF 2017

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a multi-stakeholder forum for policy dialogue on issues of Internet governance. The forum is held in an informal setting, free from binding negotiations. It brings together all stakeholders from government, private sector, technical community, academia and civil society to discuss Internet governance issues on an equal basis footing through an open and inclusive process.

The theme for this year’s Global IGF is “Shape your Digital Future!” while the theme for the Kenyan IGF is “Internet and Elections: Shaping our Digital Future”. This is an important issue for the country in light of the upcoming August general election, and the fact that technology will be deployed at a level that has not happened in the previous general elections. In addition, the internet has emerged as a critical avenue for expression and at the same time, cyber security threats have risen coupled with the emerging pattern in the region where governments have shut down the internet during political events. Over and above this, it is important to take stock of what lays ahead for the future of internet governance in the country.




7:45 – 8:15 am

Arrival and Registration

8:15 – 8:30 am

Welcome and Introductions

Background to IGF

Ali Hussein

8:30 – 9:00 am

Opening Remarks

Grace Githaiga, Co-convenor, KICTANet

Fadzai Madzingira, Facebook

Jaco Du Toit, UNESCO

Kate Getao, ICT Secretary, Ministry of ICT

9:00 – 9:15 am

Keynote Address

Mr. Francis Wangusi, Director-General, Communications Authority (CA)

9:15 – 9:30 am

Reports from Previous Sessions

Youth IGF Feedback, Watoto Watch Network

Online Pre-IGF Discussion Outcomes, Ronald Ojino, University of Dar es Salaam

9:30 – 10:30 am

Session 1: Tech Use in the Upcoming Election – Role of the Tech & Online Communities

Ezra Chiloba or Head of ICT, IEBC

Regina Opondo, ELOG

Emmanuel Chebukati, Information Security Consultant.

John Walubengo, Multimedia University (MMU)

Churchill Otieno, Nation Media Group (NMG)

James Wamathai, BAKE

Jessica Musila, Mzalendo

Harry Hare, CIO

10:30 0 11:00 am

Plenary Session

11:00 – 11:30 am

Tea Break

11:30 – 12:30 pm

Session 2: Enhancing Cyber Security in Kenya: Threats and Opportunities

Joseph Nzano, KE-CIRT (CA)

Kevin Mburu Kimani, Serianu Ltd

Lilian Muthoni, Watoto Watch Network

Steve Chege, Safaricom Ltd

Microsoft EA

Waudo Siganga, Computer Society of Kenya

Juliet Maina, TripleOK Law

Matunda Nyanchama,

Agano Consulting Inc

12:30 – 1:00 pm


1:00 – 2:00 pm

Lunch Break

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Session 3: Safeguarding Free Speech & Privacy Online in an Electoral Context

Dr. Joseph W. Nasongo, Commissioner – National Cohesion and Integration Commission

James Ratemo Head of Communication, Media Council of Kenya

Otsieno Namwaya, Human Rights Watch

Wakabi Wairagala, The Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), Uganda

Racheal Nakitare, KBC

3:00 – 3:30 pm

Plenary Session

3:30 – 4:30 pm

Session 4: Information Controls

Riva Jalipa, Strathmore University

Abdalla Omari, CEO, KENIC

Grace Mutungu, KICTANet

Ezekiel Mutua, CEO, KFCB

Andrew Alston, Liquid Telecom

Joseph Nzano, Communications Authority (CA)

Wambui Wamunyu, Daystar University

4:30 – 4:45 pm

Actions Points and Way Forward

Rapporteurs Summary

June Okal

4:45 – 5:00 pm

Vote of thanks and Closing of KIGF 2017

Steve Chege, Director, Corporate Affairs, Safaricom

5:00 –

Tea Break


6:30 – 8:00 pm

The Internet in the Next Five Years

Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Ali Hussein

Fintech – Rosemary Kimwatu, Wayawaya

Policy and Regulation, GBenga Sesan, Paradigm Initiative, Nigeria

Innovation – Bitange Ndemo, University of Nairobi

Big Data and Cloud Computing – IBM Research

Human Rights and the Internet, Alberto Cerda, Ford Foundation, USA

Engineering & Technology – Mwende Njiraini, CA

E-government Services – Kate Getao, MOICT

Networking/ Drinks and Bites


Ali Hussein