KENYA SCHOOL OF INTERNET GOVERNANCE (KeSIG)
Seventh Edition 17 – 30 June 2022
Venue: Online via e-learning platform and webinars

Objectives 

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 

Methodology 

KeSIG 2022 will take place over three weeks from 17th to 30th June 2022. 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. 

KESIG 2022 has 113 participants.

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- Program17th – 30th June 2022

TimeActivity Facilitator
9:00 am – 9:15 amMeet & Greet Judy Okite
9:15 am – 9:30 amKeSIG brief introduction.Grace Githaiga
9:30 am – 10:00 amE-Learning Portal  OverviewKelvin Kariuki 
10:00 am – 10:15 amQ&A Liz Orembo
21st to 24th June
At your own free  timeWalubengo, Kariuki  and Judy

Webinar with industry speakers
27th June to 29th June 2022

Day 1: Mon 27th June
Time Topic Facilitator
09:00 – 09:15Welcome remarks  from KICTANet  Barrack Otieno, Kelvin Kariuki, Judy Okite.
09:20- 10:00Lesson 1: Evolution of  Internet  – Internet Infrastructure development.
Q and A
Paul Muchene – ICANN
10:05- 10:45Lesson2: Relationship between Internet Principles and Human rights
Q and A
Rosemary Kimwatu
10:50- 11:30 Lesson 3: Intro to IG- IG- The processBarrack Otieno
11:35-12Daily Review Questions
Questions for Lesson  1, 2, 3 Barrack Otieno
Day 2: Tue 28th June
09:00- 09:15Recap From day 1 Kelvin Kariuki, Judy Okite
09:20- 10:00Lesson 4: National and Transnational organizations role in Governing the internet Understanding Internet regulationMercy Wanjau, Communications Authority
10:05- 10:45Lesson 5: Private sector – Passive observer or active contributor – ISP’s : Understanding the role of Private Sector in Internet GovernanceAgnes Okello, Senior Manager, Public Policy, Safaricom
10:50- 11:30Course content OverviewJohn Walubengo
11:35 -12:00Q and A
Day 3: Tue 29th June   
09:00- 09:15Recap of previous day’s lessonKelvin Kariuki, Judy Okite
09:20- 10:00Lesson 7: Key global Internet Governance Issues – Accessibility – Overview of Accessibility and DemoJudy Okite, Dr. Reginald Oduor
10:05- 10:45 Data protection and privacy overviewGrace Bomu, Research fellow, CIPIT, Strathmore University.
10:50- 11:30Q and A – Lessons 4,5,6, 7Kelvin Kariuki
Closing remarksBarrack Otieno
Grace Githaiga
Day 4: Thur 30th June – Participate on the  Kenya Internet  Governance Forum  2022 – hybrid
Award of KeSIG  – TraineesBarrack Otieno & Grace Githaiga 

eLearning Track

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
  • Multistakeholder 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