Kenya IGF Online Discussions Day 1: Content Regulation on the Internet

Two concepts that have dominated recent debates at least on this list are
paternalism (decision makers taking away the power of the public to make
choices) and agreed norms in the society. For example, a public authority
basing decisions on the notion that “western” values are bad for Kenyan
society and therefore removing/restricting some content from the public
domain.
Defining what our collective values, which would guide how far authorities
can regulate content is often a pull between generations, classes, rural
versus urban folk and religious inclinations.
It would help if spaces where most content is viewed promoted content that
is generally closer to agreed values in our society. For example, at one
point the issue was absence of local content. Through many initiatives and
policies such as local websites for government offices and use of
technology for public relations, we are now seeing more local content.
It is therefore baffling that instead of nurturing this trend, authorities
would attempt to curtail it by introducing taxes and other regulatory
controls.

Il martedì 10 luglio 2018, Wilson Muroki via kictanet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> ha scritto:

> Hi all,
>
> I believe the issue of morality is a difficult one to agree upon. What
> could be immoral to one person could be perfectly okay with another. So
> where do we draw the line and whose moral compass will we base the
> regulations on?
>
>
> Regards,
>
> Wilson Muroki Njino
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>
> On Tue, Jul 10, 2018 at 1:02 PM kanini mutemi via kictanet <
> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>
>> @Cecilia I echo your questions. The issue of morality was introduced
>> above as a reason why content regulation is important. I note that we have
>> never quite agreed on the issue of morality on this list.
>>
>> How do you then balance the freedom of opinion and expression with the
>> need to control what people produce and consume?
>>
>> Is there perhaps a test we can apply when determining whether content
>> regulation is a desired approach?
>>
>> On 10 Jul 2018, at 12:49, cmaundu— via kictanet <
>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>
>> Hello listers
>>
>> I have two questions
>> 1. Where do you draw the line between content regulation and freedom of
>> expression?
>>
>> 2. Where do you draw the line between content regulation and net
>> neutrality?
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> On 10 Jul 2018, at 12:29 PM, carolyne mimano via kictanet <
>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>
>> Thats where ISP’s are liable in my opinion and more community policing
>>
>> On Tue, 10 Jul 2018, 12:27 pm Ronald Ojino via kictanet, <
>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>
>>> Hi Kanini et al.
>>> In my opinion,content regulation is healthy for any society. It aids in
>>> reducing moral decadence that could be brought about with the unregulated
>>> space. However, is content filtering sufficient in ensuring that only the
>>> correct content is viewed especially with freely availed WiFi at many
>>> locations even though parents try to utilize Parental Control Software at
>>> home, Imagine situations where some access pornography at places of
>>> worship!!
>>> Is filtering access at public spaces also the way to go?
>>>
>>>
>>> On Tue, Jul 10, 2018 at 12:18 PM, kanini mutemi via kictanet <
>>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>>
>>>> We can also give examples of recent content regulation efforts by our
>>>> government.
>>>>
>>>> On 10 Jul 2018, at 12:16, Peter Wakaba via kictanet <
>>>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Content regulation is the creation, setting and enforcement of
>>>> parameters within which various stakeholders in the content ecosystem
>>>> engage with this content. Content in this context is then simply
>>>> information which is transmitted and stored and received through various
>>>> platforms and infrastructure.
>>>>
>>>> On Tue, Jul 10, 2018 at 10:09 AM, carolyne mimano via kictanet <
>>>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Hello listers,
>>>>>
>>>>> As we dive more into content regulation we should maybe also focus on:
>>>>>
>>>>> Why content is regulated?
>>>>> – Copyright reasons,obscene content, bullying and hate speech(causing
>>>>> harm to others) security, human dignity, privacy.
>>>>> -The different kinds of content-online content, traditional media etc
>>>>> For online content how different countries/governments are trying to
>>>>> regulate online content e.g self filtering, internet service providers or
>>>>> anyone that has access to blocking offensive material but fails to do so.
>>>>>
>>>>> Kind regards
>>>>> Carolyne
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> On Tue, 10 Jul 2018, 9:53 am cmaundu— via kictanet, <
>>>>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> Hello Listers,
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Content regulation, is basically content restrictions or monitoring
>>>>>> as required by governments or regulatory bodies.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On 10 Jul 2018, at 9:26 AM, kanini mutemi via kictanet <
>>>>>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Hello Listers,
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I’ll start us off with the discussion on Content Regulation on the
>>>>>> internet. I find it useful for us to first understand what content
>>>>>> regulation means. To this end, I invite your contributions to the following
>>>>>> questions–
>>>>>>
>>>>>> (a) What does ‘*content regulation**’* mean?
>>>>>>
>>>>>> (b) How is content regulation achieved?
>>>>>>
>>>>>> (c) What categories of content face the most regulation?
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Let’s go!
>>>>>>
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