KiCTANET to Host 15th Edition of Kenya Internet Governance Forum 

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) serves to bring people together from various stakeholder groups as equals, in discussions on public policy issues relating to the Internet. While there is no negotiated outcome, the IGF informs and inspires those with policy-making power in both the public and private sectors.

With the theme “Internet United,” the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTAnet) will host a one-day session, beginning September 23, to discuss public policy issues related to the Internet.

The Kenya Internet Governance Forum (KIGF) is an annual meeting that brings together various stakeholder groups to dialogue on ICT and Internet policy was first held in 2008. 

This mode of engagement is referred to as the multi-stakeholder model of Internet Governance, which has been the key feature for the Internet’s success.

The multi-stakeholder concept is well adopted by IGF (Internet Governance Forum) under the UN and by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

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.

In 2020, the annual forum was organised in collaboration with Communications Authority (CA), Facebook, Safaricom, Kenya Network Information Centre (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 was themed ‘Internet for Human Resilience and Solidarity’.  The KIGF program focused on the sub-themes of data; inclusion; and trust.