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

I think the internet and all the various platforms that have been built on
top of it have done so much for freedom.
The fact that anyone can now become a content producer and that anyone can
have an audience.

The internet has helped push the boundaries of creativity… challenge
morality… challenge cultures…

My greatest fear wouldn’t be to regulate consumption – that has always
failed… (when we were kids pre-internet days there was always ways to
beat regulation with porn flicks and magazines. They were so pervasive that
they found their way into even mission schools) – okay moving away from
this sex and morality obsession.

My fear would be the pervasiveness of content that no longer challenges the
thought process… content that does not encourage research or reading or
the seeking of answers. The pervasiveness of content that holds simplistic
views of the world.
In answer to my own fears I would not urge that such content is removed,
censored or charged fees for being on the internet – no my answer would be
to produce thought provoking content and compete with “shallow” content. –
Counter Content
In answer to my own fears I would promote the whole development of the
person in school – think curriculum reforms… I would want to create young
people who can think… young people who have learnt how to learn…. how
to see truth and facts. – “Consumer Development”

So I would encourage proponents of censorship to instead become sponsors of
counter content. If you have strict moral beliefs… create content that
encourage the practice of such a code of morality… share this content and
make it pervasive… if there is fake news – counter it with investigative
and in depth truth.
The truth has to find ways to move as fast as the fake… The internet is
the platform where this has to happen – “Counter Pervasiveness”

Of course there is the thing with economics – we have to make it pay to
produce truth… we have to make depth rank better than mediocrity.
If decadence sells it is because our society and our economy is built on
decadence.

(a) What does ‘*content regulation**’* mean?
I would define this as any control that is imposed on content that does not
come from the producer or the consumer of the content that would prevent
production or consumption of such content.
Forms include platform control, parental control, government control
methods could include | fees e.g. reading research material on JSTOR, taxes
and social media access fees | outright viewing bans such as what is done
by KFCB in Kenya | The ability of platforms to take down reported content –
compare Facebook and Reddit… Reddit is close to anarchy but really that
is what the internet was made for…

(b) How is content regulation achieved?
I think regulation isn’t achieved only by banning… making costs of
production prohibitive or punitive is regulation enough. Case in point what
Uganda and Tanzania are doing in terms of social media access fees or
blogging tax.

The internet was designed for freedom and openness – any financial charge
to access or create content is a way of regulation and in some cases
suppression.

(c) What categories of content face the most regulation?
I feel that Video and Film face the most regulation… it is so difficult
to be a producer of these in Kenya… aside from the possibility of bans
even the access to support to screen…to shoot…. to fund a production is
an uphill task.

So instead of regulating films like Wanuri Kahiu’s Rafiki – I would have it
screened in class and ask students to discuss. (Remember Consumer
Development)

Also it is counterproductive to ban screening of Kenyan producers films
i.e. regulate content produced within our country while if I walk to Moi
Avenue right now I can buy several seasons of the American production L –
Word and I can get several seasons of BBCs Lip Service..

If I am looking for deeper stories instead of just mainstream lesbian
stories I can access content from film Producers in Canada such as Patricia
Rozema. I think Wanuri’s short film would rank even higher on depth than
the examples I have mentioned.

So anyway based on my earlier proposal on using “Counter Content” and
“Counter Pervasiveness” and “Consumer Development” we are doing ourselves
dis-favor by banning our own locally produced works… banning our own
stories… while being inundated by content that doesn’t tell our truth…
our reality.

With kind regards

Jeipea

Believe in yourself then you can change your world

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On Thu, Jul 12, 2018 at 12:11 AM esther kamande via kictanet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> Hi Listers,
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> (b) How is content regulation achieved?
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> Through intermediary liability laws. These laws generally require
> platforms to remove content in at least some circumstances, with
> obligations usually triggered when the platform learns about illegal
> material. Platforms operate notice and take-down programs as a way both to
> comply with such laws and to enforce their own discretionary content
> policies.
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> (c) What categories of content face the most regulation?
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> Internet platforms largely as a result of the mounting public demands for
> aggressive intervention.
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> Calls for companies like YouTube and Facebook to fight problems ranging
> from “fake news” to hate speech to online radicalization seem to make daily
> headlines even gathering support from the top leadership not just locally
> but globally i.e British prime minister Theresa May, “Industry needs to
> go further and faster” in removing prohibited content by developing
> automated filters to detect and suppress it automatically.”
>
>
> We sometimes decry the intrusion of platform moderation, and sometimes
> decry its absence.
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> Regards,
>
> Esther Kamande
>
> Advocate | Policy Analyst
>
> Twitter: @enkamande
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> On Tue, Jul 10, 2018 at 9:26 AM kanini mutemi via kictanet <
> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
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>> 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?
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>> (c) What categories of content face the most regulation?
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