Hybrid Forum: 22 June 2023, via Zoom, and Physical

Theme: “The Internet We Want – Empowering All Kenyan People

1. Program


Interlude: Spots from event sponsors
08:00 – 08:15Arrival and RegistrationKICTANet /MAG Team
08:15 – 08:30Welcome and IntroductionsConference Moderators: Victor Kapiyo and Rosemary Kimwatu
08:30 – 08:45Opening and Welcome Remarks
Ali Hussein, KICTANet Chairperson
Grace Githaiga, KICTANet CEO & Convenor
Conference Moderator
08:45 – 09:00Panellists:
Mercy Ndegwa, META

Dr Vincent Ngundi, CA

Mr. Bernd Lakemeie, GIZ Kenya

‘Gbenga Sesan, Paradigm Initiative
Moderator: Ali Hussein
09:00 – 10:00High (C-Level) Panel – The Internet We Want – Empowering All Kenyan People
This session aims to discuss the theme of the event and present a high-level view of what the “internet we want” means for the Kenyan people and propose a vision and pragmatic actions to be achieved in the coming year. 
This session aims to explore the challenge of cybercrime, and the emerging threats to online safety and promote best practices in ensuring cybersecurity in the digital environment.Moderator: Grace Githaiga
10:00 – 10:15Plenary session
10:15 – 10:20 Interlude: Spots from event sponsors
10:20 – 11:20Session 1: Enhancing Cybersecurity, Combating Cybercrime & Ensuring Online Safety
Adam Lane, Huawei Technologies –

Col. Evans Ombati, NC4

Sam Keiru. Cisco’s Cloud Security Business for Sub-Saharan Africa

Francis Sitati,  Communications Authority (CA)

Martin Koyabe, GFCE (online participation)
Moderator: Mutheu Khimulu 
11:20 – 11:35Plenary session
11:35 – 11:50Tea Break
11:50  – 1200Interlude: Spots from event sponsors

12:00 – 13:00
Session 2: Promoting Data Governance & Trust 
This session aims to explore the emerging issues on data governance, including progress and challenges in the legal frameworks and promote best practices to promote trust in the digital ecosystem.
Rose Mosero, Deputy Data Commissioner ODPC
Cynthia Chepkemoi, Data Protection Officer, KWFT
Grace Mutung’u, Open Society
Dr. Ololade Shyllon, Head of Privacy Policy, Africa, Middle East and Turkey Meta
Moderator: John Walubengo
13:00 – 13:15Plenary session
13:15 – 14:00Lunch Break
14:00 – 14:05Interlude: Spots from event sponsors
14:05 – 15:05Session 3: Promoting Human Rights and Freedoms and Tackling Harmful Content Online
This session aims to explore the impact of digital technologies on human rights, the emerging threat posed by harmful content online, and propose best practices to ensure a more right-respecting digital environment. 
14:05 – 15:05Panellists: 
John Okande, UNESCO
Allan Cheboi, Code 4 Africa
Angela Minayo, KICTANet
David Omwoyo, CEO, Media Council of Kenya
Megan Kathure, GIZ
Moderator: Racheal Nakitare
15:05 – 15:20Plenary Session
15:20 – 15:25Interlude: Spots from event sponsors 
15:25 – 16:25Session 4: Bridging the Digital Divides and Promoting Inclusion
This session aims to highlight the challenge of the growing digital divide and explore best practices and measures to promote digital inclusion, accessible content, digital literacy, meaningful connectivity and internet infrastructure for all.
15:25 – 16:252 Minutes Video from the Children’s IGF. 

Charles Juma, UK Aid Digital Access Program

Andrew Lewela, KENIC

Catherine Kyalo, Angaza Networks

Rosemary Okello, Africa Media Hub, Strathmore University
Moderator: Judy Okite
16:25 -16.30Plenary
16:30 – 16:40Kenya School of Internet Governance Award CeremonyKESIG Faculty – Barrack Otieno
16:40 – 16:50Rapporteurs Summary
Actions Points and Way Forward
Francis Monyango, Rapporteurs
16:50 – 17:00Closing SessionRosemary Kimwatu, KIGF MAG, Chair
17:00 – 18:00Tea Break and Interlude: Spots from event sponsors as participants stream back into plenary
18:00 – 19:30Fireside Chat: Harnessing the Power of AI & Emerging Technologies 

18:00 – 19:00
This session aims to discuss the emerging threats and challenges posed by AI and emerging technologies, the ethical considerations and social implications for Kenya, the best practices to harness their power and opportunities that Kenyans can explore in the digital ecosystem.
Jack Ngare – Technical Director, Office of the CTO, Google

Engineer John Tanui – PS, State Department of ICT and Digital Economy

Dr Angeline Wairegi, – AI Lead, CIPIT

Mark Irura Technical Advisor, FAIR Forward, Artificial Intelligence for All, GIZ

Cecilia Nyawira – Head of Executive Search, Aga Khan University
Moderator: Ali Hussein
19:00 – 19:30Plenary Session
19:30 – 22:00Cocktails and Live Band!
End of Event
KIGF Program.

2. Introduction

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is an open and inclusive multi-stakeholder forum where public policy issues are 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 called the multistakeholder model of Internet Governance, which is one of the key features of the Internet’s success. This model is paramount to ensure 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 Japan from November 8 to 12 October 2023, in Kyoto.

3. The Kenya IGF Week 

a) Kenya IGF

The Kenya Internet Governance Forum (KIGF) is an open and inclusive multistakeholder forum that annually brings together over 250 industry stakeholders representing the 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 16th Edition. The outcomes of the Kenya IGF will feed into the African IGF and Global IGF later this year. See the Kenya IGF Report 2022. Alongside the national IGF, a youth IGF shall be convened a day before the event to bring in the voices of young Kenyans to the national discussions. 

This year’s global IGF theme is ‘The Internet We Want – Empowering All People’. The Kenya IGF theme is aligned with the global IGF theme and will respond to the local context. The Forum programme will be developed in line with the following sub-themes:

  • AI & Emerging Technologies 
  • Avoiding Internet Fragmentation    
  • Cybersecurity, Cybercrime & Online Safety
  • Data Governance & Trust
  • Digital Divides & Inclusion
  • Global Digital Governance & Cooperation
  • Human Rights & Freedoms
  • Sustainability & Environment

b) Kenya School of Internet Governance (KeSIG) 

The Kenya Internet Governance (KeSIG) is a capacity-building initiative of KICTANet together with its partners with the main objective of empowering a critical mass of people to meaningfully engage, contribute and participate in ICT policy-making discourse in Kenya, regionally and globally. This year will be the 8th edition. See the previous fellows from the training here. 

4. 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:

  • 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; and,
  • Contribution to capacity building for Internet governance.

5. Participants

The participants will consist of over 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). 

6. Methodology

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

  1. Thematic moderated the 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.

7. 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.

Kenya IGF Week 2023 Progam.

        TIME                            DESCRIPTIONResponsible
5 – 21 June 2023Kenya School of Internet Governance (KESIG), internet-related events.KICTANet and Industry Partners
15 June 2023 Children IGF Watoto Watch Network
19 – 20 June 2023Training on Access to the Internet and public participation for womenKICTANet/ICNL.
20 June 2023Special Documentary Screening of ‘Backlash: Misogyny in the Digital Age.”KICTANet/GIZ
21 June 2023Data Protection and Privacy Event for the YouthKICTANet/META.
21 June 2023Kenya Youth IGF 2023Youth IGF/KICTANet.
22 June 2023Kenya Internet Governance Forum 2023KICTANet and Industry Partners.
22 June 2023KIFG Fireside eventKICTANet and Industry Partners.
Kenya IGF Week Program