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 are discussed. 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 maximize 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 for the Internet’s success. This model is paramount to ensure that the Internet remains sustainable for economic and social development.
KICTAnet in partnership with Industry stakeholders, convenes and organizes the Kenya IGF. This has been the tradition since the 1st edition of the Kenya IGF, which was held in 2008. The Kenya IGF has been hosted and convened by KICTAnet in every successive year since then. KICTAnet works with partners and sponsors to make the event a success. The willingness of the various organizations to partner and support the event is an indication of their commitment to the development and growth of the internet in Kenya.
The main outcome of the Kenya IGF is to maximize 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.
Contribution to capacity building for Internet governance.
Bringing new voices into the Internet Governance Conversation.
Develop a common national position with key recommendations to feed to East Africa and Africa IGFs.
Kenya-Youth IGF is a platform where children and young people in Kenya will convene to discuss on internet matters and how to make the internet better for them. This Initiative aims to provide a platform for younger generation in Kenya to speak up on Internet Governance issues, build up sense of digital citizenship of young people, raise awareness on Internet governance issues and to familiarize the community with the Internet Governance model, all in order to equip participants with skills and knowledge for future participation in actual Internet policymaking discussion.
YIGF Kenya is a one day event that will be held at Daystar University on 5th July 2017 from 8:30 am to 2.30pm. The topics and discussions held at the Youth IGF will be presented at the main Kenya IGF.
Build the capacity of young adults to participate in internet governance discussion.
Encourage youth to attend and bring contribution to actual internet governance discussion
Provide platform for cultivating idea to drive social change and further actualizing the initiative for a healthy and harmonious internet.
Develop youth network on internet governance.
All youth participants will be assigned to different stakeholder groups for example Civil Society, Private Sectors, Governments, etc. for the discussion of various internet governance issues. The aim of this simulation session is to let the youth to put themselves into other people’s shoes and encourage them to think from a multi-stakeholder perspective.
They will then present their views and proposals to a panel of representatives from the various sectors.
0800 – 0815: Arrival and registration, Daystar University Auditorium, Nairobi Campus
0815 – 0930: Welcome note,Roselyn Olumbe, Daystar University,
Lillian Kariuki, Executive Director, Watoto Watch Network
Introduction to Youth IGF- Grace Githaiga KICTANet,
Remarks by guests,
Kenic ( .Ke),
Law Society of Kenya,
Ministry of ICT,
Opening of the forum,
Communications Authority of Kenya-Vincent Ngundi Assistant Director,
Cyber Security and E-commerce
0930 – 1000: Tea Break
1000 – 1130: Youth discussion (Main hall),Teachers and lecturers engagement,
-Facebook Public policy Manager Africa,
1130 – 1315: Youth Presentation,Stakeholders Panel- Q/A,
Communications Authority, Ministry of Education, Ministry of ICT,
Facebook, Safaricom, LSK
1315 – 1430: Lunch break/Departure
Watoto Watch Network is the organizer of this first Kenya Youth IGF. Watoto Watch Network is a child focused non-profit organization that has been on the lead in championing Child Online Protection (COP) since 2013 in Kenya. Watoto Watch network are also the Kenya Organizers of the Global Safer Internet Day, which is celebrated globally to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. http://www.watotowatchnetwork.org/