KICA Amendment- Regulation of Social Media

@Mildred,

Thanks for starting us off.

Would you say someone posting on Twitter (280 characters) would also fall
under the broad definition of blogger? Drawing this from ‘*writing on
social media platforms*’

On Wed, 23 Oct 2019 at 13:21, Mildred Achoch <mildandred@gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear Listers,
>
> First, thank you for the opportunity to discuss this. I have very many
> initial thoughts but let me begin with the definition of blogging. I think
> it is important to look at the history of blogging as this will expand the
> definition of the term beyond just news items. On the ground, many bloggers
> like myself don’t even concern themselves with news. For example, I have a
> poetry blog that is largely inactive but is still a “LOG” of my previous
> creative activities.
>
> Wikipedia has outlined what a blog is:
> en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog
>
> If we are to follow the definition of blogging that is outlined in this
> bill, does it mean then that blogs which do not deal with news will be
> exempt? If a blog deals with the history of Kenya, is this still news or
> not? What about satire based on news items? Parody? Memes?
>
> Regards,
> Mildred Achoch.
>
>
> On Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 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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>
>
>
> —
*Mercy Mutemi, Advocate*.

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