Kenya: Internet Governance Forum Conference 2017

When, local time: 
Thursday, 6 July 2017 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Where: 
Kenya, Nairobi
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Contact: 
Jaco Du toit, Advisor Communication and Information, UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa (Tel: +254 (0)20 762 2346/2566, Email: j.dutoit@unesco.org)

UNESCO will support Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANET) to hold Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. Themed “Shape your Digital Future!” the conference aims to serve as a platform for policy dialogue on issues of Internet governance in Kenya.
During the conference, the following topics will be discussed: Internet and elections, Surveillance and Human rights online, Policies Enabling Access and Digital literacy in the age of e-government, Cyber-security, Review of Kenya’s ICT policy, Universal Service Fund, IFMIS and its challenges among others. These topics are important in light of the August general election, and the fact that technology will be deployed at a level that has not happened in the previous general elections. In addition, a pattern has emerged in the region where governments have shut down the Internet during times of political agitations.

The IGF is a unique platform for all stakeholders to openly exchange perspectives and concerns on key issues that may affect the future of the Internet for millions of Kenyans. This year’s forum will attract participation of stakeholders from government, private sector, technical community, academia and civil society to discuss Internet governance issues on an equal footing through an open and inclusive process.

This activity is organised within the framework of UNESCO’s Main Line of Action MLA 1: Promoting an enabling environment for freedom of expression, press freedom and journalistic safety, facilitating pluralism and participation in media, and supporting sustainable and independent media institutions in Kenya.