KICA Amendment- Regulation of Social Media

Dear Walu, Mercy et al, all protocols observed,

I think we are trying to solve problems that don’t exist. The internet
value system is based on what is wrong offline is wrong online. We don’t
need to legislate this since the Internet is a means to an end not an end
in itself. Just a tool. Its like banning preachers from using the handheld
microphones because they are loud yet we can ask them to use a particular
volume. Clearly there is need for capacity building for our members of
parliament on emerging issues such as new media. As Prof PLO Lumumba said,
we should not respond to a mosquito bite with a hammer.

Regards

On Thu, 24 Oct 2019, 6:59 pm Walubengo J via kictanet, <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> My thoughts on this were captured here…
>
> WALUBENGO: Bill yet another attempt to censor social media
> <www.nation.co.ke/oped/blogs/dot9/walubengo/2274560-5295266-12t0o7f/index.html>
>
> WALUBENGO: Bill yet another attempt to censor social media
>
> This is the classic definition of sending a chilling effect on online
> freedoms through draconian social media laws.
>
> <www.nation.co.ke/oped/blogs/dot9/walubengo/2274560-5295266-12t0o7f/index.html>
>
>
> I hope the bill gets to be DOA…Dead on Arrival.
>
> walu
> On Thursday, October 24, 2019, 11:42:11 AM GMT+3, kanini mutemi via
> kictanet <kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>
>
> Thank you for the views- please keep them coming.
>
> Let’s also look at this from a Freedom of Expression point of view because
> at the root of it ‘bloggers’ (and anyone who shares anything online) are
> expressing themselves.
>
> *Is it constitutionally sound to require registration before expression?
> Think of it as a ‘license to speak’. Is this justifiable in our
> constitutional framework?*
>
> On Thu, 24 Oct 2019 at 11:20, Wamathai (HapaKenya) <w@hapakenya.com>
> wrote:
>
> Good morning,
>
> I have many thoughts on this but to be honest it is such a bad idea.
>
> I see this bill as the continuation of attempts to muzzle free speech and
> freedom of the media online that was initially started by the state. In the
> past, there was a reliance on existing vague laws but some of them have
> been declared unconstitutional hence the change of tact.
>
> In the past, this kind of intimidation has primarily targeted influencers
> and bloggers but also ordinary online users have been targeted. To be
> targeted, all they do is just brand you a blogger, a loose term used by
> politicians & the media to refer to online users (and not just organized
> online content creators). In 2015, Nancy Mbindillah was arrested in Embu
> for ‘insulting’ the Governor. She was basically arrested for expressing
> her opinion on various operations in the County
> <www.ifree.co.ke/2015/01/24-year-old-nancy-mbindalah-held-in-custody-then-pardoned-for-undermining-the-embu-governor/>.
> I fear that this law will be used to target anyone who shares uncomfortable
> opinions or facts under the banner of ‘undesirable content’.
>
> The attempts to license organized online content creators (we can call
> them bloggers and influencers) is a regional trend with Tanzania charging
> $930 and Uganda having proposed regulations on the same. The basic idea,
> like in Kenya with this new bill, is to create an environment where free
> speech is punished and those who haven’t registered under the regulations
> are also punished.
>
> The long term effects of this law is disastrous to free discourse and if
> you bring in the online media element, freedom of the media as well. In my
> opinion, as an online content creator and an official of the Bloggers
> Association of Kenya (BAKE), this law should not be allowed as it goes
> against fundamental freedoms and rights as guaranteed by the constitution.
>
>
>
>
> —–
>
>
> James Wamathai | CEO, hapakenya.com
>
> m: 0777-555101 e: w@hapakenya.com | Twitter: @Wamathai
>
>
>
> Follow Hapa Kenya: *Twitter*: @HapaKenya ,
> *FB*: fb.com/HapaKenya
>
>
> On Wed, 23 Oct 2019 at 12:15, kanini mutemi via kictanet <
> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>
> Good morning Listers,
>
> As GG had alerted us last week, there is a bill before the National
> Assembly that seeks to amend the Kenya Information and Communication Act by
> including a part on Regulation of Social Media.
>
> I will lead us on a discussion on this Bill.
>
> Between 2016 to date, we have seen many attempts to regulate social media
> conduct. Interestingly, one such attempt, the Computer Misuse and
> Cybercrimes Act, where many of its sections on regulation of social media,
> have been suspended is coming up for hearing today. Now we tackle yet
> another attempt to ‘fix’ social media.
>
> To start with, I will post the definitions proposed in the bill of the
> word ‘social media platform’ and ‘blogging’:
>
> “*blogging” means collecting, writing, editing and presenting of news or
> news articles in social media platforms or in the internet;*
>
> *”social media platforms” includes online publishing and discussion, media
> sharing, blogging, social networking, document and data sharing
> repositories, social media applications, social bookmarking and widgets;*
>
> What are your initial thoughts? What ‘problem’ is Hon. Injendi trying to
> fix with this bill? Who will fall under those definitions? Contributions
> are welcome.
>
>
> —
> *Mercy Mutemi, Advocate*.
>
>
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