Author Archives: Ephraim Percy Kenyanito

Kenya, the next surveillance state?

Drew Mitnick contributed to this post.  Legislators in Kenya will shortly make a decision with significant ramifications for the privacy and free expression rights of Kenyans. On International Human Rights Day (December 10), the Kenyan Parliament cynically introduced the Security Laws (Amendment) Bill (2014), which contains several sweeping and deeply worrying changes to the country’s […]
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African Media Law and Digital Native Roundup 2.0

Welcome to the second African Internet Policy & Media Law Roundup compiled by Ephraim Percy Kenyanito.  This edition of the roundup explores notable events affecting, or affected by, African internet policies and media laws from May through July 2014. Part one of this series on analysis of notable events affecting, or affected by, African internet policies […]
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Access at 51st ICANN International Public Meeting

With numerous internet governance discussions scheduled, the 51st International Meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has been going on this week in Los Angeles, USA. Access staff is there, participating in a variety of pre-events, workshops, and high-level meetings, and we want you to follow these discussion. ICANN is the […]
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Access at the Internet Governance Forum

With the theme of “Connecting continents for enhanced multistakeholder Internet governance,” the ninth annual meeting of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is taking place in Istanbul, Turkey, 2-5 September 2014. Access staff is there, participating in a variety of pre-events, workshops, and high-level meetings. The IGF is the annual policy dialogue which bring together […]
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Obama ignores user rights with African investment plan

Peter Micek contributed to this post.  The White House hosted a summit this week with nearly 50 African heads of state to strengthen trade and investment ties. The Summit highlighted a multibillion dollar new investment program, and put President Obama on stage to answer questions from young entrepreneurs. From its inception, however, the Summit has […]
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Surveillance in a legal vacuum: Kenya considers massive new spying system

Without warning, Kenyans learned last month that Safaricom, Kenya’s largest telecoms operator, had contracted with the government to provide a new communications and street-level surveillance system. The new system integrates 2,000 video surveillance cameras, video conferencing, digital radios, and a mapping system into a central command center. Worryingly, this contract likely entails many forms of street-level surveillance including […]
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Africa moves towards a common cyber security legal framework

For several years, African states have been working towards common cyber security norms and regulations through the African Union (AU). Over June 20-27, the AU Heads of State will be meeting where they’re expected to adopt a new Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection. While Access and other partners criticized an earlier draft […]
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Spotlight on African Contributions to Internet Governance Discussions: Part Three: ITU-CWG internet

Olivia Martin contributed to this post.  As shown in the 2013 African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) Report, African participation in major Internet governance discussions is extremely lacking. In 2013, only 29 out of 54 African countries sent representatives to the AfIGF. Of these 29 countries physically present, there were 195 participants, including government officials, representatives […]
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What did Africa Get out of NetMundial Internet Governance Discussions?

BACKGROUND NetMundial, the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance concluded recently in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The meeting’s goal was to develop internet governance principles and proposing a roadmap for the further evolution of the Internet governance ecosystem. In total, 1,480 participants from all stakeholder groups were physically present at NetMundial while, there […]
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African Internet Policy and Media Law Roundup

Welcome to the first African Internet Policy and Media Law Roundup compiled by Ephraim Percy Kenyanito.  This edition of the roundup explores notable events affecting, or affected by, African internet policies from January through April 2014. JANUARY Zambia: On January 1, 2014, Miles Sampa, Zambia’s Junior Minister of Commerce, Trade, and Industry, declared war on the Zambian […]
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Spotlight on African Contributions to Internet Governance Discussions Part 1: NetMundial

The internet affects every individual in this world whether directly or indirectly. For example, a medical professional somewhere in Goma, Congo might access the internet to read and post reviews to current medication available and this might have an impact on the kind of medication that he/she recommends to the patient, whether the patient has […]
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5 ICT Solutions From Miss Geek Rwanda 2014

Written By: Ephraim Percy Kenyanito Countries: Rwanda Topic: Arts & Culture, Youth, Citizen Media, Women & Gender, Digital Activism This post also available in: Español · Cinco soluciones de TIC de Miss Geek Ruanda Deutsch ·  5 IKT-Lösungen von Miss Geek Rwanda 2014 MsGeekRW is a competition for Rwandan women encouraging them to showcase their knowledge and […]
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