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Our Partnership with Omidyar Network

 The Appropriate use of Digital Identity: Why Omidyar Network invested in Three-Region Alliance. Click here for more details.

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The Nature of Information Controls during Electoral Processes

The Case of Kenya 2017 and Zimbabwe 2018 Elections. Register here.

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Security Laws and Human Rights Limitations

What you need to know about Security Laws and Human Rights Limitations.

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Biometric Technology, Elections, And Privacy

Biometric Technology, Elections, And Privacy

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Intentional Internet Disruptions in Africa

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This report looks at how Internet freedom is linked to electoral and other political processes by analyzing the legal and policy framework governing information control in Kenya and Zimbabwe. It looks particularly at the controls leading to the August 2017 elections in Kenya and the July 2018 elections in Zimbabwe. The aim is to contribute evidence to the conversation on the relationship between the Internet, and human rights and the wider democratic processes. Therefore, our main research objective is to analyze information controls in Kenya and the region in a systematic manner; in order to identify existing legal structures and policy motivations, and the technical nature of these controls through Internet shutdowns and other forms of censorship.

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In the aftermath of security incidences in Kenya, National security has been brought to the fore front as a priority area. Terror attacks and similar events have resulted in the hasty passage of  various laws.  Such laws, intended as a remedy to the national security concern, have been found to infringedon fundamental human rights and freedoms enshrined in the Constitution of Kenya. In response, court challenges of the laws have led to a number of them being declared unconstitutional.  This practice of appropriating the legislative process followed by lengthy constitutional challenges is both costly and unnecessary. Therefore, there is a need for a proper methodology to ensure that national security interests are achieved while upholding the bill of rights. This study looked at the right to privacy in security laws. It provides a checklist of factors to consider in security legislations that touch on the right to privacy. Access Report Here.

 

The Friendly Troll

The Friendly Troll is a podcast with observations of the global tech industry from the perspective of the Global South. Our trolling is meant to enlighten listeners and explore interesting topics from a new point of view. The podcast is produced by CIPIT, the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law, at Strathmore Law School in Nairobi, Kenya.

Episode One

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Welcome to the Friendly Troll!

A weekly podcast on all things tech, and the interaction between the global south and global north.

First things first, why the global south? Why a troll? Why is it friendly? Why another podcast?

Well, the global south is often seen as an incubator for the global north to identify and implement their solutions to perceived problems, but not often as a case study for what the global north can learn from those of us in the global south. And so, a podcast is born. Exploring tech dynamics in the global south in the context of larger tech developments around the globe.

Our inaugural podcast highlights one of Kenya’s leading contributions to tech, mobile money, and in particular, the solutions we have put forward to address the issue of mobile money reversal. This is something with which the west is newly struggling, yet we have experimented with different approaches for over a decade. 

This episode is inspired by this podcast by Marketplace Tech: https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-tech/payment-apps-are-all-fun-and-easy-until-you-get-burned-by-a-typo/ 

Links from the show: 

  • https://www.kictanet.or.ke/?p=37261 
  • https://www.businessdailyafrica.com/corporate/companies/MPesa-users-reverse-wrong-transactions-SMS/4003102-4125722-coi64j/index.html 
  • https://www.telecompaper.com/news/safaricom-enables-accidental-top-up-reversals-to-m-pesa--1012986 
  • https://www.kahawatungu.com/2018/06/18/subscriber-sends-ksh10000-safaricom-unable-reverse/ 

A note: as of the publication of this episode the suspension on the sections of the Cybercrimes and Computer Misuse Act has been extended to January 2020 when, Makau J will pronounce his final Judgment in the ongoing High Court case.

Below are the submissions and memoranda with downloadable PDFs.

1. Proposed changes to the Data Protection Bill 2019 Access PDF Here
2. Memorandum Submission - Data Protection Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 44 of 2019 Access PDF Here
3. Public Participation on CCTV Policy Access PDF Here
4. Memorandum Submission - Huduma Bill, 2019 Access PDF Here
   

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