Hybrid Forum: 30 June 2022

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

1. Introduction

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.

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 maximise 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 of the Internet’s success. This model is paramount to ensuring that the Internet remains sustainable for economic and social development.

The forums are localised and their outcomes feed into each other from country to sub-regional then regional level finally culminating in a report that is presented at the global level. The outcomes of the country level (Kenya IGF) feed into the regional level (East Africa IGF), continental level (Africa IGF), and ultimately at the global level (IGF). Previously, Kenya hosted the East Africa IGF in 2009 and thereafter, the global IGF in 2011 in Nairobi. 

This year, the Annual Global IGF Meeting convened by the United Nations will be hosted by the Government of Ethiopia from November 28 to December 2, 2022, in Addis Ababa.

The Kenya Internet Governance Forum (KIGF) is an open and inclusive multistakeholder forum that annually brings together over 250 industry stakeholders representing government, the private sector, civil society, the technical and academic community, and the public to discuss Internet Governance. KICTANet has convened the Kenya IGF every successive year since 2008 in partnership with industry stakeholders, and this year commemorates the 15th Edition.

The outcomes of the Kenya IGF will feed into the African IGF and Global IGF later this year. This year’s Kenya IGF week will be held from June 27-30, 2022. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect work all over the World and in the country. However, with the lifting of sanctions, we intend to hold the planned annual activities physically but also offer a virtual option to attend.

See the Kenya IGF Report 2021. Alongside the national IGF, a youth IGF shall be convened a day before the event to bring in voices of young Kenyans to the national discussions. 

This year’s global IGF theme is ‘Resilient Internet for a shared sustainable and common future’. The Kenya IGF theme is aligned to the global IGF theme and will respond to the local context including the upcoming 2022 general election.

The Forum programme will be developed in line with the following sub-themes:

  • Connecting all People and Safeguarding Human Rights 
  • Avoiding Internet Fragmentation 
  • Governing Data Protection and Privacy 
  • Enabling Safety. Security and Accountability 
  • Addressing Advanced Technologies, including AI

3. Outcomes 

The main outcome of the Kenya IGF is to maximise 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; and,
  3. Contribution to capacity building for Internet governance.

4.0 Participants

The participants will consist of 250 individuals representing various sectors including government, the private sector, civil society, the technical and academic community, and the general public. Further, the Kenya IGF will feature an award ceremony for the participants of the Kenya School of Internet Governance (KESIG). 

5.0 Methodology

The format of the Forum will be a hybrid event that shall include:

  1. Thematic moderated online discussion prior to the face-to-face meeting
  2. Thematic moderated panel sessions
  3. Moderated plenary discussions
  4. Remote online participation

Desk registration for the KIGF will start at 8.30 a.m. on the material day and the discussions will run between 0900 – 1700.  The online registration will commence two weeks earlier. A networking lunch and coffee breaks will be provided. It is also expected that a fireside event (evening panel session) will take place followed by a networking cocktail. The event is free to attend for registered participants.

6.0 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 is that of encouraging 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.

TimeAgendaModerator
Interlude: Spots from event sponsors
08:00 – 08:15Arrival and RegistrationKICTANet MAG Team
08:15 – 08:30Welcome and IntroductionsConference Moderator: Victor Kapiyo
08:30 – 08:45Opening and Welcome Remarks
Ali Hussein, the Chairman KICTANet
Conference Moderator: Mwendwa Kivuva
08:45 – 09:00Keynote Address: A Resilient Internet for a Shared, Sustainable and Common Future

Communications Authority of Kenya
09:00 – 10:00High (C-Level) Panel – A Resilient Internet for a Shared, Sustainable and common future

Panel
Representative, GIZ 
Stephen Kiptiness, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Safaricom PLC
Mercy Ndegwa, Public Policy Director, East & Horn of Africa, Meta Platforms Inc
Mercy Wanjau, Director, Legal Services, Communications Authority
Nicole Gregory, Head of People and Partnerships, British High Commission.
Moderator: Grace Githaiga, Convenor, KICTANet
10:00 – 10:15Plenary session
10:15 – 10:20 Interlude: Spots from event sponsors
Session 1: Governing Data and Protecting Privacy 
10:20 – 11:20panel:
Immaculate Kassait, Commissioner, Data Protection.
Fiona Makaka, DPO, Safaricom
Irungu Houghton, Executive Directors, Amnesty International 
Joel Karubiu, Chief Executive Director, KENIC
Representative, NSSF
Moderator: John Walubengo
11:20 – 11:35Plenary session
11:35 – 11:50Tea Break
11:50  – 1200Interlude: Spots from event sponsors
Session 2: ICTs and the Upcoming Elections
12:00 – 13:00panel:
Odanga Madung’, Research Fellow, Mozilla Foundation
Representative, IEBC
Fiona Asonga, Chief Executive Officer, TESPOK
Sarah Muyonga, Public Policy Manager, Meta, East and Horn of Africa, Meta Platforms Inc
Mugambi Kiai, Regional Director, ARTICLE 19 EA.
Moderator: Steph Muchai
13:00 – 13:15Plenary session
13:15 – 14:00Lunch Break
14:00 – 14:05Interlude: Spots from event sponsors
Session 3: Connecting all people and promoting cyber hygiene
14:05 – 15:05Panel: 
Joseph Nzano, KE-CIRT, Communication Authority of Kenya
Maureen Mwaniki, Vice Director of Programs Management- Huawei Technologies, Kenya
Dr. Kate Getao, Consultant and ICT Elder
James Yogo, Head of Cyber Security at Safaricom PLC (TBC)
John Reyels, Head of Cyber Foreign Policy and Cyber Security Coordination staff, German Foreign office (virtual)
Moderator: Phillip Irode
15:05 – 15:20Plenary Session
15:20 – 15:25Interlude: Spots from event sponsors 
15:25 – 16:25Session 4: Emerging Issues – Youth, Online work, Inclusion, and Regulation
15:25 – 16:25Panel:
Representative, Kenya Youth IGF – Updates from the KYIGF session 
Constantine Obuya, ACWICT – Women digital skills 
Benson Agesa, APDK – PWDs perspective
Francis Mwaura, Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs
Moderator: Keith Andere
16:25 – 16:30Interlude: Spots from event sponsors
16:30 – 16:40Kenya School of Internet Governance Award CeremonyKESIG Faculty – Barrack Otieno / Judy Okite
16:40 – 16:50Rapporteurs Summary Actions Points and Way ForwardRapporteurs
[June Okal, Megan Kathure and Mary Onyango)
16:50 – 17:00Closing SessionRosemary Kimwatu, KIGF MAG, KICTANet – 
17:00 – 18:00Tea Break and Interlude: Spots from event sponsors as participants stream back into plenary
18:00 – 19:00Fireside Chat: Digital Readiness of e-Government in Kenya
Key Presentation: Raimo Reiman, Representative, Estonia government

Panel
Representative, GIZ
Raimo Reiman, Representative, Estonia government
CEO, ICTA – Harmonizing e-government services
Bitange Ndemo
Catherine Muraga, Microsoft Africa Development Centre (ADC) (TBC)
Ali Hussein, KICTANet
19:00 – 19:30Plenary Session
19:20 – 22:00Cocktails and Live Band!
End of Event

7.0 Kenya IGF 2022 Programme – draft, and will change rapidly.