Kenya Internet Governance Forum (IGF) set for July 3 in Nairobi

Dr Fred Matiang'i, CS, Ministry of ICT who will be the chief guest at Kenya IGF.

The 2014 edition of the Kenya Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be held on Thursday July 3, 2014 at Strathmore University.

Like previous sessions, the day-long meeting will be preceded by an online discussion whose report will be ratified during the face-to-face meeting.

This year’s Kenya IGF – with the theme Connecting Counties for Enhanced Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance – is to be convened by the Kenya-chapter of Internet Society (ISOC-Kenya) in partnership with the Kenya Internet Governance working group.

The 2014 Kenya IGF will focus on various key thematic areas including: Policies enabling access/Net Neutrality; Cyber security; Internet as an engine for growth and development focusing on Internet and Human rights as well as social media and hate speech.

The 2014 Kenya IGF comes after the recent launch of the National Cybersecurity Framework which takes into account the legislative and regulatory provisions on cyber security in the country as well as other provisions in the international cybercrime conventions. The Cybersecurity Framework recognizes the role of key players including law enforcement agencies, various government agencies, the private sector and academia, among others stakeholders.

The strategy – which defines Kenya’s cybersecurity vision and emphasizes on the commitment to support national priorities – recognises the combined critical role of various government agencies including Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK), ICT Authority, the National Intelligence Service as well as the private sector.

The framework incorporates a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) that will facilitate the creation, storage and distribution of digital certificates. The PKI is intended to safeguard the integrity of e-transactions and encourage adoption of this robust business platform.

The pre-event online discussion is being held over a period of three days – from July 26 – 28. The draft programme for the Kenya Internet governance forum is available on the Kenya Internet Governance Forum website.

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