KICTAnet to Host 12th Edition of Kenya Internet Governance Forum

KICTAnet to Host 12th Edition of Kenya Internet Governance Forum

The Kenya Internet Governance Forum (KIGF), an annual meeting that brings together various stakeholder groups for policy dialogue on Internet governance issues on an equal basis through an open and inclusive process, is set to be held on August 1-2, 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya.

This year, the 12th edition is themed, “One Kenya. One Net. One Vision.”

The sub-themes prioritized for discussions include:

Data Governance – This session will provide for discussions on the fundamental challenge of ensuring the benefits of the data revolution to contribute to inclusive economic development while protecting the rights of people.

Digital Inclusion – This session aims to provide a framework for assessing and considering the various elements and policies which can improve access to equitable opportunities in a digital age. Digital inclusion is about having the right access, skills, motivation and trust to confidently go online.

Security, Stability, Safety and Resilience – This session will review potential risks to security and safety will be discussed from various angles with due consideration to how stability and resilience can be achieved. Strategies for protection of both systems and users will be addressed, taking into account a multidisciplinary perspective to potential solutions and the importance of stakeholder collaboration for responding to the growing range of threats to the global Internet and its users.

The national forum also feeds into the regional and global IGFs through a chain of reporting and representation to the regional and global IGFs to ensure a bottom-up Internet policy development processes and a strong link between global internet policies and the national one.

The forums are localised and their outcomes feed into each other from country to sub-regional then regional level finally culminating in a report that is presented at the global level. The outcomes of the country level (Kenya IGF) feed into the regional level (East Africa IGF), continental level (Africa IGF) and ultimately at the global level (IGF).

Previously, Kenya hosted the East Africa IGF in 2009 and thereafter, the global IGF in 2011 in Nairobi.

This year, the 14th Annual Global IGF Meeting convened by the United Nations will be hosted by the Government of Germany and is scheduled to take place from 25 – 29 November 2019 in Berlin.

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