Privacy and Data Protection for Women roundtable

Date: Monday, 27th June 2022
Place: Four Points by Sheraton

Introduction

KICTANet in partnership with GIZ will host three interactive discussions as part of the Strengthening Women’s Safety Online: Digital Security and Data Protection Training and Awareness Raising for Women in Kenya. 

Launch of Policy Brief

Kenya’s Data Protection Act 2019 and Article 31 of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 form the pillars of the country’s data protection and privacy regime. KICTANet has noted the vital role of social media in our daily lives. However, for women, being online can make them prone to data breaches which go on to form a basis for vicious cycles of cyberbullying and attacks. In fulfilling KICTANet’s pillar of research and advocacy, KICTANet has conducted research on data protection and privacy from a gender perspective. The Policy Brief will be launched and its findings and recommendations will be shared with stakeholders.

Community of Practice Event: Digital Enquirer Kit

Finally, KICTANet has been extensively involved in the development of Module 5 of the Digital Enquirer Kit on Online Gender-Based Violence. This discussion will center on the link between the concept of gender and power dynamics, the various forms of OGBV, their harm, and tips to keep yourself safe online. We will also discuss Kenya’s experience of Online Gender-Based Violence, necessary policy and legal interventions, and digital safety skills to keep yourself safe online.

Event Program

        TIME                            DESCRIPTION
8:00 am – 8:30 amArrival and RegistrationKICTANet
8:30 am – 8:45 am  Welcome and Introductions Grace Githaiga KICTANetTevin Mwendwa, GIZ
8:45 am – 9:00 amAgenda Setting and Objectives  Liz Orembo/Angela Minayo, KICTANet
9:00 am – 10:30 amLaunch of Policy Brief of Data Protection and Privacy in Kenya form a Gender PerspectivePresentation of the Policy Brief and the concerns on data protection and privacy for women – Tevin Mwendwa, GIZProf. Sylvia Kang’ara – Key Findings and Recommendations from the Policy Brief, KICTANet Launch of the Policy Brief – Immaculate Kassait, MBS,Office of the Data Protection Commissioner
10:30 am – 11:00 amHealth break
11:00 am – 12:00 pmRoundtable Discussion- Impact of Elections on Women’s Privacy and Data Protection
Data Protection and Privacy Challenges for Women politicians; Meta’s Approach  –  Dr. Ololade Shyllon MetaExperiences in Kenya on data protection for women during elections – Elog/Amnesty/Siasa PlaceDigital Security and Data protection for women political actors during election – Liz Orembo, KICTANet
12:00 pm – 1:00 pmPlenary Session 
1:00 pm – 2:00 pmLunch Break
2:00 pm – 2:45 pmAn Introduction to the GIZ Digital Enquirer Kit (DEK)Angela Minayo and Liz Orembo, KICTANet
2:45 pm – 4:15 pmPresentation of the Module Riva Jalipa, KICTANet
4:15 pm – 4:30 pmKenya’s Experience with Online Gender Based ViolenceNerima Wako – Executive Director, Siasa Place
4:30 pm – 4:45 pmFeedback session on the Module, QnA
4:45 pm – 5:00 pmClosing SessionLiz Orembo, Angela Minayo
5:00 pm –Tea/CoffeeGuests leave at their own pleasure

Youth Internet Governance Forum

Artificial Intelligence

Date: 29 June 2022

Kenya Youth IGF 2022 Concept Note:

Kenya Youth IGF 2021 Report:

Background and Introduction

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 footing through an open and inclusive process. This type of cooperative engagement is referred to as the multi-stakeholder model of Internet Governance, which is one of the key features for the Internet’s success.

Kenya IGF, the national initiative (NRI) of the IGF process has positioned itself as Kenya’s Premier Policy Forum having successfully held 14 annual meetings of the National IGF in Kenya since 2008. KenyaIGF hosted the global IGF Forum in 2011. Over the years, Kenya IGF has continued to open up the space for new voices and champion the capacity development of many through the annual Kenya School of Internet Governance that was launched in 2016. Majority of the beneficiaries of this program have been youth from various stakeholder groups who have since been meaningfully engaged in subsequent National and Regional IGFs.

Kenya YouthIGF

Young people are key stakeholders in the IGF ecosystem as they are the majority in Kenya, Africa and the world over. The IGF Secretariat has since recognized the importance of meaningful youth participation at the IGF processes and promotes the strengthening of Youth IGF Initiatives. Youth ====Initiatives of the IGF are created with a goal of encouraging and involving young people in a substantive discussion on Internet governance. These forms, as well as the national, sub-regional and regional IGFs (NRIs), are expected to follow the main IGF principles of being open, inclusive, non-commercial with multi-stakeholder participation during the whole preparatory phase and the event itself, all in line with a bottom-up decision-making process.

Kenya Youth IGF is a youth-led structure to develop the capacity for coordinating, mobilizing and advocating for meaningful inclusion and engagement of young people in the Kenya IGF in partnership with industry stakeholders to address key Internet issues. Following the success of last year’s edition, this year’s Kenya YouthIGF aims at serving as an interactive discussion platform for organized youth participation from all stakeholder groups to bring up their ideas and concerns. The Forum will further create opportunities for networking, collaboration and creating long-term partnerships between key stakeholders and the community. This year, the YouthIGF is scheduled for 29th June 2022 as a hybrid format with some of the attendants physically and some can connect virtually. The outcomes of the forum will feed into the annual 16th edition of the Kenya IGF 2022 happening on 30th June 2022.

Theme

This year’s theme for the Kenya YouthIGF will be “Resilient Internet for a sustainable and common future for the Youth”

The sub-themes prioritized for discussion which will help in framing the discussions are:

1.      Data Governance, Protection and Privacy – Data is the key resource of the globalised digital age. Its movement drives economies, and its analysis, particularly big data analytics, has been the basis for remarkable innovations across disciplines, from finance, to health and law enforcement. The privacy of personal data is too often sacrificed over the course of data exchanges, from the point of collection, to application, and then storage, with deep consequences for trust and security.

2.     Digital Inclusion – This session aims to provide a framework for assessing and considering the various elements and policies which can improve access to equitable opportunities in a digital age. Digital inclusion is about having the right access, skills, motivation and trust to confidently go online.

3.     Enabling Safety Security and Accountability – Our understanding of safety and security should be widened to include the persistent challenge of online misinformation and disinformation. In recent years, both have been factors in aggravating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and have posed significant risks to electoral processes around the world. This has made clear the need for accountability criteria for misleading content.

4.     Connecting all People and Safeguarding Human Rights. The UN Secretary-General’s proposed Global Digital Compact (GDC) has as its first principle to “Connect all people to the Internet, including all schools”. This recognizes that Internet connectivity and access have become prerequisites for ensuring the livelihoods, safety and education of people the world over – and that Internet in schools provides crucial points of access, makes informational resources available to all students, and builds digital literacy from the earliest stages of life. Yet 2.9 billion remain unconnected, with those in least developed countries and rural communities most affected.

5.     Addressing Emerging & Advanced Technologies: Taking advantage of the opportunities offered by advanced technologies, while addressing related challenges and risks is a task that no one actor can take up on its own. Multi-stakeholder dialogue and cooperation – among governments, intergovernmental organisations, tech companies, civil society, etc. – are required to ensure that these technologies are developed and deployed in a human-centric and human rights-based manner.

Expected Outcomes

The main outcome of the Kenya YouthIGF is to maximize opportunities for open and inclusive dialogue and the exchange of ideas on Internet Governance (IG) related issues relevant to the young people. Others include:

  • Creation of opportunities to share best practices and experiences;
  • Identification of emerging issues and bringing them to the attention of the relevant bodies and the general public;
  • Contribution to capacity building for Internet governance.

Target Participants & Methodology

The Kenya YouthIGF targets 70 participants who will consist of individuals representing various sectors including government, the private sector, civil society, the technical and academic community, and the general public. The invitation to the event shall be open to all via a public link.

The format of the forum will include:

  1. Thematic Moderated Panel discussions.
  2. Moderated Plenary discussions.
  3. Parallel Breakout Sessions.

Engagement in the Use of Meta Platforms

A KICTANet Thought Leadership Series
Date: 28 June 2022
Venue: Sarova Panafric Hotel

Introduction

KICTANet and Meta will host an interactive thought leadership roundtable for stakeholders in Kenya to highlight emerging concerns arising from the use of Meta’s Platforms in Kenya. This event is a follow-up meeting to a successful event held on 29th March 2022 with civil society at Sankara Hotel.

Background

Meta manages data of more than 3 billion users worldwide spanning different age gaps, races, political inclinations, nationalities, genders and religious persuasions. It also processes approximately 1 million gigabytes of data every single day through its platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, making the company one of the largest data collectors and processors globally.

There has been widespread concern over how Meta collects and processes personal data and whether the company has sufficient safeguards to guard against data breaches and violations of the right to privacy. Indeed, the colossal fines against the company over privacy violations in Europe, have led to unease, especially in Africa where data protection is either non-existent or new. In Kenya, concerns over the data breaches such as the Cambridge Analytica Scandal and the increased cases of psychological profiling, surveillance, and targeted advertising remain.

Similarly, there is limited understanding of the company’s community standards or guidelines applied across its products and services. Civil society actors have raised concerns about the increasing cases of harmful content such as hate speech, online violence, misinformation, and disinformation on the platforms; the inaction of the platforms to address harmful content; the gaps in the application of community standards; enforcement of community standards; ineffectiveness of content moderation practices; and the limited transparency and accountability on content moderation. Indeed, the increase of harmful content presents risks to Kenya’s upcoming general election scheduled for August 2022. Collectively viewed, these challenges affect the realisation of fundamental rights and freedoms such as freedom of expression, assembly, association, and the right to privacy.

One of the key recommendations from the convening held in March was for regular engagement of key stakeholders with Meta and other social media platforms. Such engagements could provide a useful platform for dialogue and feedback and better coordination between Meta and local digital rights activists, civil society, and opinion shapers. It also provides a unique opportunity to have a shared understanding of the challenges faced on Meta platforms and to develop strategic recommendations for action.

Objectives of the Roundtable Series

The objective of the roundtable series is to provide platforms for dialogue and engagement on the concerns and challenges arising from the use of Meta’s platforms in Kenya and to identify priority actions, potential solutions, and best practices moving forward.

Expected Outcomes

  • Enhanced understanding and engagement on the concerns and challenges arising from the use of
  • Meta’s platforms in Kenya; and, Identified priority actions, potential solutions, and best practices.

Format of the Events

The events shall be three workshops in three thematic half-day sessions with stakeholders. It is proposed that the first event takes place during the KIGF Week scheduled for June 27-30, 2022. KICTANet and Meta shall agree on the time frames for the other two events.

Participants

Each meeting will aim to bring together at least 40 multistakeholders, including business, academia, technical community, digital rights activists, representatives of CSOs working on digital rights, human rights defenders, and other opinion-shapers who influence conversations both online and offline, to enhance partnerships, sharing of knowledge and emerging best practice.

About KICTANet

KICTANet is a multistakeholder platform for people and institutions interested in ICT policy. The network acts as a think tank that catalyses policy reforms in the ICT sector, and it is guided by four pillars: policy advocacy, stakeholder engagement, capacity building, and research. KICTAnet’s guiding philosophy encourages synergies for ICT policy-related activities and initiatives. As such, the network provides mechanisms and a framework for continuing cooperation and collaboration in ICT matters among industry, technical community, academia, media, development partners, and Government.

Draft Agenda

TimeAgendaModerator
08:00 – 08:30Arrival and RegistrationKICTANet Team
08:30 – 08:45Opening and Welcome Remarks
Grace Githaiga, KICTANet
Mercy Ndegwa, Meta Platforms Inc
KICTANet Team
08:45 – 9:00Agenda Setting and ObjectivesKICTANet / Meta Team
09:00 – 10:00Meta Privacy 101
An overview of how we approach privacy at Meta

 – Ololade Shyllon, Meta Platforms Inc

Moderator: Victor Kapiyo
10:00 – 11:00Privacy and Elections
Examining  tools and policies to protect privacy in elections
              Q & A
Moderator: Victor Kapiyo
11:00 – 11:20Tea Break
11:20 – 12:30Panel Discussion: Concerns and Challenges to Online Privacy in Kenya –  

Berhan Taye, Internews
Catherine Muya, ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa 
Francis Monyango, Strathmore CIPIT
Mugambi Laibuta, Advocate of the High Court
Moderator: Bridget Andere, Access Now
12:30 – 12:45Recommendations and Next Steps KICTANet / Meta Team
12:45 – 13:00Wrap Up and Closing Session
13:15 – 14:00Lunch Break

Dissemination of Country Reports: Data Governance and Disinformation Pathways

Date: Tuesday, 29th June 2022, 8.30 am to 1.00 pm
Place: Panafric Hotel

Introduction
KICTANet in Partnership with CIPESA conducted two research projects on Data Governance and Disinformation Pathways. This event will form part of our dissemination efforts as well as policy advocacy for the effective implementation of digital rights policies in Kenya. Through this exercise, KICTANet also aims to map out areas for further research and collaboration.

Disinformation Pathways Study
This study was part of 5 African country reports on disinformation(Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda). The Kenya country study was conducted in the period of June-December 2021. It highlights the main factors around periods of political contestation such as elections and anti-government protests, as well as those that are related to hate speech. The aim was to understand the nature, perpetrators, strategies, and pathways of disinformation, and its effects on democracy actors including civil society, bloggers, government critics, and activists. Further, the study documented the adequacy and effectiveness of remedial measures by platforms, as well as government responses to disinformation.

Data Governance
KICTANet and CIPESA conducted a survey on the governance of personal data during the Covid-19 pandemic. The research focused on data collection and processing by the government geared towards tackling the pandemic, documenting citizen experiences during these exercises. The study makes recommendations on a framework for data governance during public health crises. The findings of the research will form part of KICTANet’s engagement programs with the newly appointed Data Protection Commissioner and her office.

Event Program

  TIMEDESCRIPTIONFacilitator
8:30 am – 9:00 amArrival and RegistrationKICTANet
9:00 am – 9:20 amWelcome and Introductions ParticipantsParticipants
9:20 am – 10:00 amDisinformation Pathways, presentation of findings by researchersJune Okal, Wambui Wamuyu
10:00 am – 10:30 amDiscussions, Q&AsParticipants
10:30 am – 11:00 amHealth Break
11:00 am – 11:20 pmIntroduction to Data Governance ReportGrace Githaiga, Liz Orembo
11:20 pm – 12:00 pmPresentation by ResearchersMutindi Muema
12:00 – 12:30Discussions, Q&AsParticipants
12:30 pm – 2:00 pmLunch

Kenya IGF

The Kenya Internet Governance Forum has now become Kenya's Premier Internet Policy Forum that informs and inspires policy actors in both the public and private sectors.Hybrid Forum: 30 June 2022

2022 Theme: “Resilient Internet for a shared sustainable and common future

ANNUAL Kenya IGF Programs

  1. The 2022 Kenya IGF Program
  2. The 2021 Kenya IGF Program
  3. The 2020 Kenya IGF Program
  4. The 2019 Kenya IGF Program
  5. The 2018 Kenya IGF Program
  6. The 2017 Kenya IGF Program

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is an open and inclusive multi-stakeholder forum where public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance, such as the Internet’s sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development are discussed. The United Nations Secretary-General formally announced the establishment of the IGF in July 2006 and the first meeting was convened in October 2006.

The purpose of the IGF is to maximize the opportunity for open and inclusive dialogue and the exchange of ideas on Internet Governance (IG) related issues; create opportunities to share best practices and experiences; identify emerging issues and bring them to the attention of the relevant bodies and the general public; and contribute to capacity building for Internet governance.

The event brings together stakeholders representing government, the private sector, civil society, the technical and academic community, media and the public in an informal setting for policy dialogue on Internet governance issues on an equal basis through an open and inclusive process. This type of cooperative engagement is usually referred to as the multistakeholder model of Internet Governance, which is one of the key features for the Internet’s success. This model is paramount to ensure that the Internet remains sustainable for economic and social development.

KICTAnet in partnership with Industry stakeholders, convenes and organizes the Kenya IGF. This has been the tradition since the 1st edition of the Kenya IGF, which was held in 2008. The Kenya IGF has been hosted and convened by KICTAnet in every successive year since then. KICTAnet works with partners and sponsors to make the event a success. The willingness of the various organizations to partner and support the event is an indication of their commitment to the development and growth of the internet in Kenya.

The main outcome of the Kenya IGF is to maximize opportunities for open and inclusive dialogue and the exchange of ideas on Internet Governance (IG) related issues. Others include:

  1. Creation of opportunities to share best practices and experiences.
  2. Identification of emerging issues and bringing them to the attention of the relevant bodies and the general public.
  3. Contribution to capacity building for Internet governance.
  4. Bringing new voices into the Internet Governance Conversation.
  5. Develop a common national position with key recommendations to feed to East Africa and Africa IGFs.