Sixth Edition 10 – 24 September 2021
Venue: Online via e-learning platform and webinars


KeSIG’s mission is to increase the capacity of key actors and potential actors in the local internet governance space. These include traditional human rights defenders and civil society organizations, students, academia, the tech community, and government departments. These actors are also commissioned to participate in international internet policymaking thereby contributing African perspectives in global debates. The 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 


KeSIG 2021 will take place over a period of two weeks. On the first day, participants are taken through basic concepts in internet governance with a focus on Kenya’s contribution throughout the years. Topical issues such as online protest and content generation are covered on the second day. On the third day, participants interact with policymakers such as the Communications Authority, legislative drafters, and private sector policy advocates. 

The COVID-19 pandemic provided an opportunity to reflect and evolve. KICTANet restricted physical meetings and transitioned them to be entirely online. Events like the Kenya IGF and the Kenya School of Internet Governance all went online. An e-learning platform was developed for KESIG which reduced the costs of the training while making it better leading to an increased capacity from 40 to 100 students. However, disparities in internet access meant many were not reached, even as many households installed internet fiber at home, or upgraded their bandwidth to cater to the increased need of working from home. These developments provided an opportunity to advocate for the reduction of internet access and connectivity costs and taxes. 

The KeSIG training is a mix of lectures and interactive activities. The course content is delivered through an e-learning platform. Participants also get to listen to perspectives from veterans and practitioners who have participated in internet governance as well as emerging leaders. They also get to stimulate scenarios and envision the future of the internet and policy-making in Africa. KeSIG alumni also facilitate sessions in the program, encouraging participants to envision their contribution to internet policymaking. 

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

Pre Kenya School of Internet Governance- Program10th – 17th September 2021


Friday 10th Sept
9:00 am – 9:15 amMeet & Greet Judy Okite
9:15 am – 9:30 amKeSIG brief introduction.Rosemary Kimwatu
9:30 am – 10:00 amE-Learning Portal OverviewKelvin Kariuki
10:00 am – 10:15 amQ&ALiz Orembo

Monday 13th Sept –
Friday 17th Sept
At your own free timeSelf-Paced Learning on the KeSIG eLearning PortalKelvin Kariuki and Judy Okite

 20th September to 22nd September 2021

Day1 Mon 20th Sep
Required: Self-paced online pre-reading 
Lesson1: Evolution of Internet
Lesson2: Internet Design Principles
Daily Review Questions
9:00 am –
09.45 am

Overall Introduction to the course.
Welcome remarks from KICTANet
KESIG formal introduction-

Keynote SpeechNicole Gregory – British High Commission, Head of People and Partnerships

Charles Wesonga Juma, Country Lead, Digital Access Program, British High Commission
09.50 am – 10.30
Internet Infrastructure development.
Industry Expert  Paul Muchene – ICANN
10.35 am- 10.45 amQ and A
10:50 am – 11.35 amModerator Review Questions for Lesson 1&2Kelvin Kariuki and Judy Okite
11.40 am- 11.55 amQ and A 
Day2 Tue 21st  Sept

Required: Self-paced pre-reading 
Lesson 3: Intro to IG
Lesson 4: International roles in IG
Daily Review Questions

09.00 am – 09.45 am

Moderator Review Questions for Lesson 3&4
Kelvin Kariuki and Judy Okite
09.50 am – 10.05 am Q and A 
 10.10 am – 10.55 amPrivate Sector’s Role in Internet Governance Safaricom PLC
11.00 am –
11.15 am 
Q and A
Day3 Wed 22nd  Sept
Required: Self-paced reading for chapter 3
Lesson 5: Private Sector role IG
Lesson 6: Emerging IG Issues
Daily Review Questions

Final Assessments
09.00 am – 09.45 amModerator Review Questions for Lesson 5&6

Lead; Ali Hussein
Kelvin Kariukiand Judy Okite
09.50 am –
10. 30am
National/Transnational Organizations role in Internet GovernanceCommunication Authority of Kenya
10. 30 am- 11.10 amEmerging IG issues and engagement perspectivesFacebook
11.10 am – 11.30 amFinal Assessment 
Wrap upRosemary Kimwatu
Day 4 Thur  23rd Sept

Participate on the Kenya Internet Governance Forum 2021
Award of KeSIG TraineesRosemary Kimwatu & Grace Githaiga 

eLearning Track – self paced.

Chapter 1

  • Historical background to the development of the Internet
  • Fundamental key principles and characteristics that underpin the internet
  • Characteristics of internet model of development
  • Multi stakeholder engagement in global internet governance

Chapter 2

  • Over The Top Services
  • Local Content Issues
  • Cybersecurity
  • Perspectives on key policy and regulatory issues and processes
  • Engaging policy processes: policy and legislative procedures

Chapter 3

  • Legal issues, including privacy and intellectual property rights.
  • Human rights and the internet
  • Participating in internet governance: highlight of some opportunities (IGF, WSIS, IETF, ICANN, DIPLO, KICTANet)
  • Emerging issues: internet and elections