IGF Week Day 1 Discussion – Data Governance

Good morning listers,

As we gear for this year’s Kenya Internet Governance Forum
the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) would like to welcome you to a
series of discussions derived from this year’s theme, One Kenya. One Net.
One Vision.

This years’ first sub theme is Data Governance. Over the years players in
the internet governance space have gained an appreciation of the need to be
more vigilant in regards to the use of data are aware of their rights as
both data providers and consumers. We would appreciate your thoughts on the
following:-

1. What is your view on the fundamental challenge of ensuring the benefits
of the data revolution to contribute to inclusive economic development
while protecting the rights of people?

2. The global nature of the Internet and the transfer of digital
information across borders brings an international dimension to discussions
around data. The generation, collection, storage, transfer and processing
of data (including personally identifiable data) have enabled new social,
cultural, and economic opportunities than ever previously imagined. At the
same time, the massive collection, transfer and processing of data (in
particular through the application of algorithms/AI/machine learning) by
public as well as private entities pose challenges around privacy, freedom
of expression and the exercise of other human rights. Today in Kenya there
are two pieces of legislation on Data Protection in both houses of
parliament. What are your thoughts on our interactions with data in light
of the above mentioned dynamics?

3. Data and human rights are today intertwined, would you consider as the best
approaches to ensure the development of human-centric data governance
frameworks at national, regional and international levels. How can we
support and operationalize the exercise of human rights and the empowerment
of individuals in their digital identity in current uses and the
development of data-drivent technologies?

4. Kindly give consideration on how conditions needed to facilitate
data-driven innovation can be created, to ensure competition, and to foster
trust in the development of services and new technologies, including
through the use of inclusive data and the fulfillment of the UN’s 2030
Agenda for Sustainable Development.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Rosemary Koech-Kimwatu
Advocate
Legal and Regulatory Specialist- Oxygene MCL
Tel: +254 718 181644

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