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

Dear All,
I’m joining in late in this discussion.
My two cents about content regulation is that there should be a
standardized way of decision making on content regulation. I agree that a
multi-stakeholder approach in agreeing the standards is a good approach.
That way, the subjective decisions based on an individual whims or morality
does not kill creative content creation. Further, it would not only guard
against restrictions on the freedom of expression, but also guard against
creeping in of undue censorship and take-down of content that the
government may not like.
Coming to my mind is how movies or TV programs are rated- GE, PG 13, R,
X… etc. At the end of the day, there’s a place for individual (parental)
responsibility, without blanket bans on content.

Best
Beryl

On Tue, Jul 10, 2018 at 7:58 PM carolyne mimano via kictanet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> An interesting and positive view on the document.
> One of the reasons why online content is so hard to regulate is:
> -There is almost always a way around it.
> -The internet is global yet governance isn’t
> -Human rights on free speech are subjective
> -Tech is always evolving, its too broad and almost all of it is
> online.Innovation leads to loopholes.
>
> But that said, i believe the first step is having basic policies that
> protect users while still maximizing the opportunities that online content
> provides.
>
>
> On Tue, 10 Jul 2018, 12:29 pm Ephraim Percy Kenyanito via kictanet, <
> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>
>> @Kanini- this document might be helpful in the conversation-
>> www.article19.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/171219-UNSR-Consultation-on-Content-Regulation-December-ARTICLE-19.pdf
>>
>> Best regards,
>> Ephraim Percy Kenyanito
>>
>> On Tue, Jul 10, 2018, 12:19 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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