Participants of the UNESCO Universal indicators workshop in Berlin, Germany

KICTANet participates in the 14th Internet Governance Forum in Berlin, Germany

By Barrack Otieno.

The Kenya ICT Action Network Participated in the 14th Internet Governance Forum in Berlin Germany. The Forum was hosted by the Government of Germany from 25 to 29 November 2019 under the overarching theme: One World. One Net One Vision.

More than 2000 participants attended the forum onsite and remotely using various remote hubs that had been established around the world to facilitate inclusion. Kenya had a significant presence at the meeting with stakeholders drawn from the Government, Legislature, Civil Society, Technical Community , Private Sector and Academia.

Kenya ICT Action Network participated in the session on UNESCO’s Internet Universality Indicators. The Special session – lasting almost five hours – was dedicated to sharing information between stakeholder teams from 16 countries across five continents. They represented initiatives in Kenya, Senegal, Benin, Ghana, Tunisia, South Korea, Sudan, Nepal, Thailand, Brazil , Paraguay, Uruguay, Ecuador, France , Serbia and Bulgaria. More details on the session can be found here.

KICTANet Co-convener Grace Githaiga moderated a high level panel on Internet Governance, Sustainable Development Goals and Inclusion. Panelists included Houlin Zhao – International Telecommunications Union Secretary General , Ms Pinky Kekana – Deputy Minister Communication and Digital Technologies Republic of South Africa among other distinguished speakers. The discussion focused on several issues such as ITU’s priority list on Digital Inclusion, ICT Infrastructure and connectivity and  how businesses have performed, key gaps and barriers to Digital Inclusion in 2019 and how African governments can bring all Africans into sustainable development goals.

The Network also participated in the National and Regional Initiatives main session entitled emerging technologies and their interfaces with inclusion, security and human rights.

As the convener of the Kenya National Internet Governance Forum, the network participated in the National and Regional Initiatives coordination session attended by more than 100 National and Regional Initiatives representing every Geographic Region in the world. KICTAnet shared perspectives on how it was adding value to Internet Infrastructure and Policy Development in the Republic of Kenya in the areas of Community Networks, Legislative process and Research which has raised the value of the Forum in the Community.
A significant number of legislators attended the 14th Internet Governance Forum from Kenya. KICTAnet attended their session which came up with resolutions that will result in increased participation of legislators in Internet Governance processes and National , Regional and global levels.
The 14th Internet Governance Forum accorded members of the Network to engage with various partners including but not limited to the IGF Secretariat, the IGF Support Association, UNESCO, Konrad Adeneur Stiftung and Access Now. More information on different sessions on a daily basis can be found on this daily brief.
Edited by Mwendwa Kivuva.
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