KICTANet has continued to convene the KIGF over the years and in line with the tradition, it organized the 2020 annual forum. In collaboration with Communications Authority (CA), Facebook, Safaricom, KENIC, Association of Progressive Communications (APC), and Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC), hosted the Kenya Internet Governance Forum (KIGF) on October 29th, 2020. The forum themed ‘Internet for Human Resilience and Solidarity’ was hosted virtually with CIO East Africa providing the online platform, and attracted over 300 participants from the region. The event was preceded by a three-day fifth edition of the Kenya School of Internet Governance Forum (KeSIG), a flagship program for KICTANet which aims to bring in new voices into ICT policymaking. It also encourages those whose work has been disrupted by the internet to understand and contribute to internet policy-making processes. In line with this tradition, and with the challenge presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 event was held online. Staying true to the 2020 Global theme for the IGF “Internet for Human Resilience and Solidarity,” the KIGF organizing multistakeholder group (MAG), felt it was a fitting theme in light of the role the Internet continues to play during the COVID-19 Pandemic which has ravaged the entire globe. The KIGF program then focused on the sub-themes of data; inclusion; and trust. The Data track focused on the fundamental challenge of ensuring the benefits of the data revolution to contribute to inclusive economic development while protecting the rights of people. Trust in the online world is a prerequisite for the Internet to develop its potential as a tool for empowerment, a channel of free speech, and an engine of economic development. In this context, trust relates to the security, stability, and resilience of the infrastructure, systems, and devices, and also to the need for people to be safe and secure. These are both vital elements for enabling a healthy and empowering digital environment, beneficial to all. This track provided opportunities to discuss strategies and best practices for protecting both systems and users, along with the appropriate roles and responsibilities of governments, industry, and other stakeholders, while taking into account multidisciplinary perspectives. Inclusion is about ensuring those with limited or no access to the Internet, such as the unserved and underserved communities, as well as those for which the internet is not accessible due to gender, disability, digital literacy, affordability, or for any other reason, are now included and have equal opportunity to be meaningfully connected to the internet. Inclusion is also about the activities related to the achievement of an inclusive information society, about engaging all stakeholders, and ensuring everyone’s voice is heard and treated equally in the decision-making processes. It is also about ensuring that everyone has the right access, skills, and motivations to reap the social benefits of going online and participate in the digital economy.

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