The Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet) is participating in several conferences and activities organised by the African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) in Malawi.
The 10th edition of AfriSIG began on July 16 to 18, 2022, focusing on international cybersecurity. It is being held as a pre-event to the African Internet Governance Forum in Lilongwe, Malawi.
The 10th annual AfriSIG will respond to the opportunity created by the United Nations General Assembly’s First Committee’s Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on ICTs. It will do so by inviting participants from governments, civil society, business, the technical community, the media and other relevant stakeholder groups who are already participating in international cybersecurity debates from an African perspective.
KICTANet’s participation comes within a multistakeholder platform for people and institutions interested in and involved in ICT policy.
Grace Githaiga, convenor of KICTANet, will be part of two sessions on Sunday and Monday. The Sunday sessions, which consist of 7 sessions, will revolve around an in-depth look at the first Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) and its outcomes. It will also focus on African priorities on capacity building in international cybersecurity.
Ms Githaiga will give a presentation on “National Level Engagement with the GGE and OEWG Process”, giving the Kenyan context. Other speakers on the panel are Dr Albert Antwi Boasiako (Ghana), Mr Jimmy Haguma and Mr Moses Owiny (Uganda), Mr Frederico LInks (Namibia), Edetaen Ojo and Colonel Bala Fakandu (Nigeria).
On Monday, the sessions will prioritise the 2nd OEWG and African priorities and inputs on capacity building in international cybersecurity.
In the panel discussion, “Strengthening African Collaboration and Participation in International, Regional and National Cybersecurity”, Ms Githaiga will share existing initiatives in Kenya on how, through a multistakeholder approach, we can harness to strengthen African cybersecurity capacity.
Other panellists include Albert Antwi Boasiako, Martin Koyabe, Abdul Hakeem Ajijola, Elizabeth Kolade, and Enrico Calandro.
David Indeje is KICTANet’s Communications Officer.