KICA Amendment- Regulation of Social Media

I think posting on Twitter is covered under the term microblogging. My
follow up question then is: does this include retweeting or liking someone
else’s tweet? If someone from another country criticizes a leader in Kenya,
then I retweet this 280 character criticism, have I carried out the action
of “blogging”?

Regards,
Mildred.

On Wednesday, October 23, 2019, kanini mutemi <kaninimutemi@gmail.com>
wrote:

> @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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