IGF Week Day 2 Discussion – Digital Inclusion

Well received.

Kind Regards,

Rachael Kinyua

On Jul 30, 2019 17:02, Caroline Njeri via kictanet <[email protected]> wrote:
Inclusion of youth in governance issues is critical in growth of internet governance in our society # bringing in new voices into internet governance!Second day KEGIF interesting and informative forum!Well done panelist and co-ordinator of the programs!

On Jul 30, 2019 4:13 PM, “Mwendwa Kivuva via kictanet” <[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>> wrote:
Hi Kevin, Good observation on the Community Networks as a way to increase access. I hope your follow up questions will be answered.

On the wider digital inclusion debate, I usually think about the mobile phone, and how it has demystified computing and bridged the digital gap. In the 2000s, learning “Computer packages” was the in thing to get introduced to the world of computing. But today, any Android phone will do that for you. It has a browser, document editors, video editing, etc. It allows my Grandmother to install apps. Long are the days when Installing an antivirus or Microsoft office was a geek thing. The mobile has made that all simple.

So for digital inclusion, the most important thing is providing the tools and infrastructure to allow access. Affordable devices, and affordable Internet. All the rest shall be added unto us.


On Tue, 30 Jul 2019 at 13:30, Kelvin Kariuki via kictanet <[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>> wrote:
Dear Listers,
Thank you Victor for sharing this discussion with us, my focus on Digital Inclusion is on Access and Affordability: Community Networks might reduce this gap;
From this discussion www.kictanet.or.ke/?p=37878 I found this:
“Community networks represent a valuable alternative model that deserves to be explored to improve access to Information and Communication Technologies to underserved communities worldwide. “

Some unanswered questions were also asked in that discussion:
1. What are the government regulations on Community Networks
2. Are there any licenses required? Spectrum License or Operating License?
3. Why has CA been silent on this topic?

I have also realized that KICTANet recently hosted the local Community Network Global Inception Meeting, more here www.kictanet.or.ke/?p=40352, any insights from those that attended? How come our very own TunapandaNet
did not attend?

On Tue, Jul 30, 2019 at 11:31 AM Victor Kapiyo via kictanet <[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>> wrote:
Good morning listers,

As we approach this year’s Kenya Internet Governance Forum on 1 August 2019, we would like to continue today’s discussion in line with the theme One Kenya. One Net. One Vision.

Today’s sub-theme is Digital Inclusion. Digital Inclusion is about both identifying those with less or no access to the Internet (e.g. underserved communities, marginalized groups, the minorities, people with disabilities or people lacking digital literacy) and it is about activities related to the achievement of an inclusive information society.

We would appreciate your thoughts on the following:

* How can we tackle access and affordability issues, and what improvements need to be made?
* How can we better utilize primary and secondary schools and tertiary institutions to promote and to deliver on digital literacy programmes?
* How do we ensure that Internet governance processes are truly inclusive?
* What needs to be done to enhance the capacity of different actors?
* How do we ensure that these skills and employment opportunities are equitable to all on an equal footing?

We look forward to hearing from you.


Victor Kapiyo
Partner | Lawmark Partners LLP
Suite No. 8, Centro House, Westlands, Nairobi | Web: www.lawmark.co.ke<www.lawmark.co.ke>
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