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Projects

Ongoing

Biometric Technology, Elections, and Privacy

Investigating Privacy Implications of Biometric Voter Registration and Identification in Kenya’s 2017 Election Process. (A project with the goal to re-conceptualize security and economic empowerment in a modern society). This project is in collaboration with Privacy International.

Legal, Policy and Technical Forms of Information Controls

An analysis of Internet Shutdowns and the Electoral Process in Kenya (A grant to research on internet freedoms in Kenya to bring a deeper understanding of information controls during political processes and how this affects public policy on elections, freedom of expression and human rights in general.)   This project is in collaboration with Ford Foundation.

Internet freedom concepts: A localized explainer pack.

This project entails conceptual and graphical modelling of digital rights concepts in order to make them more accessible in our society. The outputs consist of a booklet explaining digital rights concepts e.g. information controls, net neutrality, transparency etc. Explainer videos will also be developed and placed in a web repository. They will be licensed as open source, free for use by anyone and the artwork will be available for localization. This project is in collaboration with LUSH

 

Completed

The African Union Convention on Cyber Security and Private Data Processing.

The project involved tracking the legal and political processes in the drafting, adoption and ratification of the AU Convention on e-Commerce, Data Processing and Cybersecurity. We have shared our research and recommendations with the African Union Secretariat, Member States and relevant actors in the ICT ecosystem in Africa on how the Convention can balance between security and liberty.

National Security Practice and Internet Freedom in Eastern Africa

The project, a part of the Information Controls Fellowship program of the Open Technology Fund, sought to understand the role, if any, of National Security Agencies in limiting or promoting Internet Freedom in South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya. It investigated the practices of security agencies in these countries from a conceptual construction of national security and the meaning this brings to what is legal or not.

Reframing Local Knowledge: ICTs, State-building, and Peace building in Eastern Africa.

This project sought to bring greater clarity about the expectations and the realities of the use of communication technologies in developing contexts. It explored the use of ICTs in Eastern Africa at the macro level by examining how norms and practices in the field of ICT which have emerged internationally are adopted, resisted or reshaped at the local level and at the micro level, by exploring how the practices and policies promoted at the international and national level actually compare to the uses citizens make of ICTs.

 

 

 

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