Kenya School of Internet Governance (KeSIG) will be held for the third time in 2018.

The  inaugural school was organized by Kenya ICT Action Network with the support of its partners Facebook and Hivos  in the year  2016 in Nairobi with 50 participants going through a three day intensive capacity building program on Internet Governance.The School was the first national school of Internet Governance  in Africa.

The 2018 Kenya School of Internet Governance will be held from 16th to 18th July 2018 at Sarova Panafric Hotel.

The Kenya Internet Governance Forum has played a pivotal role in enhancing public participation in public policy development in Kenya. The forum has not only introduced new forms of ensuring public participation such as remote participation with the support of International organizations such as the Internet Society and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and numbers which have equally been embraced by the government, private sector, technical community academia and media, it has also built the capacity of many actors from diverse areas in the private sector, civil society, academia and the media on how to engage with other stakeholders in public policy development processes though a multi stakeholder approach. It is for this reason that the Kenya School of Internet Governance was conceptualized to bring new voices into the Internet Governance debate.

The school targets Kenyans from all sectors- government, academia, tech community and civil society who are new to Internet Governance issues.

KeSIG is an introductory course covering technical, economic, legal and contemporary social issues brought about by the Internet and how they affect Kenyan decision making. It aims to build critical mass of individuals advocating for Internet rights and freedoms through equipping the participants with the skills needed to participate meaningfully in local, regional and global policy discourse

 

KENYA SCHOOL OF INTERNET GOVERNANCE (KeSIG)
Third Edition -16-18 July 2018
Venue: Nairobi Panafric Hotel

Introduction

The Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet) is a multi-stakeholder platform for people and institutions interested and involved in ICT policy and regulation. The network aims to act as a catalyst for reform in the ICT sector in support of the national aim of ICT enabled growth and development. KICTANet has since 2008 convened the annual Kenya Internet Governance Forum (KIGF) that brings together local actors in ICT policy discussions. In response to a need for new voices, KICTANet, with support from HIVOS and Facebook , organised the first Kenya School of Internet governance (KeSIG) in 2016.  KeSIG has grown to be among KICTANet’s flagship programmes, and its success has not been only in bringing in new voices but also encouraging those whose work has been disrupted by the internet to understand and contribute to internet policy making processes. In its 2nd and 3rd editions, KeSIG deliberately targets law enforcement officers, civil society organisation officers, traditional and new media practitioners, the tech community and academics.  Its aim remains to build capacity for local and global internet governance by leveraging on existing policy advocates from areas such as media, human rights, devolved government and law enforcement and adding new voices  Areas to be covered in the 3rd edition of the training include: introduction  and main issues in internet governance; internet governance processes and how to get involved; and  Kenya’s internet governance frameworks.  The faculty is sourced from local and African actors such as the  regulators, the executive, civil society leaders , digital rights activists, lawyers and technical community.

Objectives

KeSIG’s mission is to increase capacity of key actors and potential actors in the local internet governance space. These include traditional human rights defenders and civil society organisations, students, academia, tech community  and government departments.  These actors are also commissioned to participate in international internet policy making for a thereby contributing African perspectives in global debates. Specifically, the three day face to face training aims to:

  1. get participants to understand internet governance
  2. increase the mass of people contributing to internet policy making in Kenya and globally
  3. equip participants with skills to effectively participate in internet governance discussions and forums
  4. provide networking opportunities for different stakeholders
  5. provide actors involved in internet governance (trainers) with feedback on emerging issues

Methodology

KeSIG will take place over a period of four days. In the first day, participants are taken through basic concepts in internet governance with a focus on Kenya’s journey. Topical issues such as content control and election monitoring are covered in the second day. On the third day, participants interact with policy makers such as the Communications Authority, legislative drafters and policy advocates from Kenya and Africa.

The training is a mix of lectures and interactive activities. Participants get to listen to perspectives from veterans and practitioners who have participated in shaping Kenya’s position as an ICT power house in Eastern Africa. They also get to stimulate scenarios such as content policy , digitalisation and the future and digital rights in Africa. KeSIG alumni also facilitate sessions in the programme, encouraging participants to envision their contribution to internet policy making.

Areas to be covered in the training include:

  1. Introduction to internet governance
  2. Main concepts in internet governance
  3. Internet governance processes and how to get involved
  4. Kenya’s internet Governance policy /legal framework(s),  internet Governance Issues  in Kenya
  5. Digitalisation and digital rights in Kenya and Africa at large

Draft Programme

  Day 1 – 16th July 2018 MC : Liz Orembo
  Course Content Facilitator
0800 – 0830 Registration  Cynthia Mwara KICTANet
0830 – 0900 Opening and Welcome Remarks Grace Githaiga KICTANet

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0900 – 1000 Introduction

Climate setting

Overview of curriculum

Barrack Otieno -climate setting

Judy Okite – overview of curriculum

KeSIG Organising Committee

1000 – 1030 Practical Session- Participants perceptions of the internet Kelvin Kariuki, Multimedia University

(KeSIG Alumni)

 

1030 – 1100 Historical background to the development of the Internet

 

 

Waudo  Siganga, Computer Society of Kenya

1100 – 1130 Tea Break
1130 – 1215 Fundamental key principles and characteristics that underpin the  internet Mwende Njiraini, Communications Authority of Kenya
1215-1245 Characteristics of  internet model of development Michuki Mwangi Internet Society
1245 – 1300 Plenary  

 

 

1300 – 1400 Lunch Break
1400 – 1445 Digitalisation in Africa and practical with speculative fiction Grace Mutung’u, Researcher and KeSIG Committee Lead
1445 – 1530 Basket exercise: taxonomy of internet governance issues  

Judy Okite, KeSIG

1530 – 1615 Multi stakeholder engagement in global internet governance Fiona  Asonga TESPOK
1615-1645 Plenary
1645 Tea Break and End of Day 1
  Day 2 – 17 July 2018 MC: Barrack and Daniel Nangakha
0830 – 0900 Recap of Day 1 Rapporteurs
0900 – 0945 OTT/Film  policy in Kenya Ezekiel Mutua, Kenya Film Classification Board

 

0945- 1030 Local content generation James Wamathai, Bloggers Association of Kenya BAKE
1030 – 1100 Tea Break
1100 – 1145 Cybersecurity Joseph Mathenge, Serianu Ltd

 

 

11.45-12.30 Milestones in Kenya’s journey in  internet governance: role of mobile network operators (MNOs) Steve Chege, Safaricom Plc
1230-1300 Plenary
1300 – 1400 Lunch Break
1400 – 1530 Perspectives on key policy and regulatory issues and processes Daniel Obam, NCS, Ministry of ICT

Mercy Wanjau Communications Authority of Kenya

Gichinga Ndirangu, KEPSA

1530 – 1615 Engaging policy processes: policy and legislative procedures Mercy Mutemi, Advocate of the High Court of Kenya

(KeSIG alumni)

1615 – 1630 Tea Break and end of Day 2
  Day 3 – 18 July 2018 MC: Cynthia Mwara
0830-0900 Recap of Day 2 Rapporteurs
0900 – 0945 Legal issues, including privacy and intellectual property rights. Victor Kapiyo, Lawmark LLP

Rosemary Kimwatu , Oxygene Media

 

0945- 1030 Human rights and the internet Henry Maina, Article 19 Eastern Africa
1030 – 1100 Tea Break
1100 – 1145 Emerging issues: internet and elections Mwendwa Kivuva

KICTANet Election Observer Mission

1145 – 1230 Practical session: Mapping issues and actors  

Judy Okite, KeSIG

1230 – 1330 Lunch Break
1330 – 1430  Internet economy Ali Hussein, Ali Hussein Associates

Abdalla Omari, KeNIC (.ke registry)

 

1430 – 1515 Digital rights in Africa ‘Gbenga Sesan,  Paradigm Initiative
1515-1545 Participating in  internet governance: highlight of some opportunities (IGF, WSIS, IETF, ICANN, DIPLO, KICTANet) Bob Ochieng, ICANN

Tracy Kadesa, KeSIG Alumni

Keith Andere, KeSIG Alumin

 

1600-1630 Evaluation  Liz Orembo, KICTANet
1630 – 1700 Closing ceremony KICTANet

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HIVOS

1700 Tea break and end of Day 3
  Day 4 – 19 July 2018
All day Participants to attend the Kenya Internet Governance Forum 2018 Victor Kapiyo, KIGF MAG