Day 1 of Talk to the Senate (2017-2022 Priorities)

Welcome @Bomu, @Collins @Adam and @Ali to the conversation.

Infrastructure comes up once again and by extension the issue of access.
Does anyone have any figures on connectivity in the counties?

@Ali, quite a radical stance on USF but I would say in this instance,
radical is welcome. Just to further that thought, what would be the
structure of a devolved USF (picking lessons from the efficacy or otherwise
of CDF).

@Adam, this caught my eye:

*Expanding the focus of ICT in Counties from something that supports the
County operations (i.e. internal), to something that drives the County’s
development (i.e. external). *

Other than subsidization, what else can help counties go from internal to
external?

Not to abandon the discussion on cybersecurity as well, there is the
awareness concern but let us step back and ask are there conceivable
cybersecurity threats in the counties? Are there counties that have adopted
online solutions for critical services? Examples perhaps? This would help
us appreciate the urgency with which cybersecurity ought to be embraced in
the counties.

On Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 5:56 PM, Ali Hussein via kictanet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> @Colins
>
> Couldn’t agree with you more. I understand that NOFBI is currently less
> than 50% utlilized. And phase 2 is almost complete. We have a major
> utilisation problem here..It can turn out into a white elephant if we are
> not careful.
>
> Regards
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> On Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 5:33 PM, Collins Areba via kictanet <
> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>
>> From where I sit:
>>
>> NOFBI should be made more accessible to players , small and large. It is
>> laughable that I can get Internet at $0.17 at EADC in Nairobi , but get
>> charged $60 to relay the same on Government funded infrastructure from
>> Nairobi to Kilifi. Of what use then is Nofbi? if not to facilitate
>> expansion of the larger players>?
>>
>> Regards,
>>
>> Collins Areba,
>> Kilifi, Kenya.
>> Tel: +*254 707 750 788 */ *0731750788*
>> Twitter: @arebacollins.
>> Skype: arebacollins
>>
>> On Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 5:25 PM, Adam Lane via kictanet <
>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>
>>> Good afternoon all
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Some of the main challenges include:
>>>
>>> – Coordination with central government and between Departments
>>> in Counties
>>>
>>> – Sharing of best practices and also sharing of
>>> systems/solutions to get best value and reduce duplication
>>>
>>> – Capacity amongst ICT Depts and also amongst other Depts that
>>> (should) use ICT
>>>
>>> – Expanding the focus of ICT in Counties from something that
>>> supports the County operations (i.e. internal), to something that drives
>>> the County’s development (i.e. external)
>>>
>>> – Measuring benefits of ICT
>>>
>>> – Using ICT to drive (and measure) a better culture amongst
>>> county government staff focused on efficiencies and impact
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Some of the main risks include:
>>>
>>> – Awareness of cybersecurity amongst County Staff and citizens
>>>
>>> – Abuse/poor use of internet and/or internet driving more
>>> negative behaviors or habits (such as hate speech, betting etc)
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Some of the opportunities include:
>>>
>>> – PDTP type programs in Counties that provide private and
>>> public sector with new ideas and eager/capable youth whilst also providing
>>> youth with meaningful work experience
>>>
>>> – Open innovation from county government with local start-ups,
>>> businesses and youth to find solutions to existing problems
>>>
>>> – Government using own budget to seed/incentivize solutions (as
>>> the largest customer/puchaser locally)
>>>
>>> – Government being aware of existing solutions and rolling them
>>> out (many apps already exist, just they lack marketing and consumer
>>> awareness which the government can help)
>>>
>>> – Government approving/certifying certain solutions/apps so
>>> they can be used in public sector and trusted by consumers in regard their
>>> content
>>>
>>> – Improving CIDPs: better use of ICT, and better engagement
>>> with ecosystem in developing CIDPs to improve alignment and use of best
>>> available products
>>>
>>> – Broadband for public institutions (health, education, police
>>> etc)
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Regards
>>>
>>> Adam
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> *From:* kictanet [mailto:kictanet-bounces+adam.lane=
>>> huawei.com@lists.kictanet.or.ke] *On Behalf Of *kanini mutemi via
>>> kictanet
>>> *Sent:* Monday, February 05, 2018 7:28 AM
>>> *To:* Adam Lane <adam.lane@huawei.com>
>>> *Cc:* kanini mutemi <kaninimutemi@gmail.com>
>>> *Subj

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