Telcos regulator seeks to monitor WhatsApp + Plenipot Issues (Kenya’s Position)

Rachel

How about you start by telling us what the African Common Proposals are?

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On Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 2:20 PM Rachel Alwaa via kictanet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> Hi Barrack,
>
> Indeed Kenya is aligned to the African Common proposals but I am not aware
> of any resolution that focuses on the regulation of the internet. Could you
> share the specific resolution that proposes to do what you are alleging,
> then we can respond appropriately?
>
> Regards, Rachel
>
> > On Nov 5, 2018, at 20:58, Barrack Otieno via kictanet <
> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
> >
> > Greetings Mr. Wambua,
> >
> > Many thanks for your prompt and elaborate responses as always. Permit
> > me to behave like a mosquito and ask another question before we put
> > the matter to rest. I was chatting with a friend who passed by the
> > Plenipot in Dubai. I understand African Governments are unanimous
> > about the need to regulate the Internet and are making arrangements to
> > conduct similar studies, is this a correct position?. What is Kenya’s
> > position on Internet Regulation once again has it changed?
> >
> > Congratulations to the Kenyan delegation for bagging another chance to
> > seat on the ITU Council.
> >
> > Best Regards
> >
> > On 11/2/18, Wambua, Christopher via kictanet
> > <kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
> >> Listers
> >>
> >> For purposes of clarity on the objects of the tender in question, I
> wish to
> >> refer listers to the public tender document which is available on CA’s
> >> website at
> >>
> ca.go.ke/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Consultancy-Services-For-The-Study-On-Over-The-Top-OTTs-Technologies-Services-In-Kenya.pdf
> >>
> >> In brief, the Authority, under its strategic objective of enabling
> >> widespread deployment of infrastructure and services through promotion
> of
> >> new and emerging technologies, plans to undertake a study to determine
> the
> >> regulatory mechanisms that can be employed to cater for new and emerging
> >> areas with specific focus on over the top services. The consultant
> shall be
> >> expected to propose the regulatory approach that the Authority can take
> in
> >> respect to OTTs. CA takes this opportunity to invite listers who meet
> the
> >> requirements set out in the tender documents to submit their bids by
> 14th
> >> November 2018.
> >>
> >> CA wishes to assure listers that we have not interest whatsoever in
> snooping
> >> into your WhatsApp conversations as that would be against the spirit and
> >> letter of the constitution. We have however noted that the headlines on
> the
> >> articles on this tender are misleading, and the Authority is taking up
> this
> >> matter with the respective editors.
> >>
> >> I hope this clarification puts this matter to rest.
> >>
> >> Regards
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> Christopher Wambua
> >>
> >> Ag. Director/Consumer & Public Affairs | Consumer and Public Affairs
> >>
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> >>
> >> Tel: +254 20 4242000/284
> >> Office Mobile: +254 730 042284/
> >> +254 730172284
> >>
> >> P.O. Box 14448 Nairobi 00800
> >>
> >>
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> >> [Description: Description:
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> >> Authority of Kenya<www.facebook.com/CAOKenya?ref=hl>
> [Description:
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> ca_kenya
> >> [Description: Description:
> >> http://digital.scanad.com/casignature/img/web.png] www.ca.go.ke
> >> <www.ca.go.ke/>
> >>
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> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> From: kictanet
> >> <kictanet-bounces+wambua=ca.go.ke@lists.kictanet.or.ke > kictanet-bounces+wambua=ca.go.ke@lists.kictanet.or.ke>>
> >> on behalf of KICTAnet Discussions
> >> <kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke<mailto:kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke>>
> >> Reply-To: KICTAnet Discussions
> >> <kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke<mailto:kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke>>
> >> Date: Friday, 2 November 2018 at 05:07
> >> To: Christopher Wambua <wambua@ca.go.ke<mailto:wambua@ca.go.ke>>
> >> Cc: Ali Hussein <ali@hussein.me.ke<mailto:ali@hussein.me.ke>>
> >> Subject: Re: [kictanet] Telcos regulator seeks to monitor WhatsApp
> >>
> >> @GG
> >>
> >> Thanks for sharing. I’m curious as to what the world is coming to.
> Everyone
> >> wants to snoop and regulate. Can the CA tell us what’s the major value
> >> proposition to increasing snooping on us?
> >>
> >> Regulators need to spend more time enabling the sector they are
> supposed to
> >> grow and the CA has really been progressive in many ways. Once in a
> while
> >> though they try to go back to the bad old KANU days. The onus is on us
> to
> >> remind them that Kenyans shut that door kitambo sana.
> >>
> >> Ali Hussein
> >> Principal
> >> AHK & Associates
> >> +254 0713 601113
> >>
> >>
> >> Twitter: @AliHKassim
> >>
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> >>
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> >>
> >> “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but
> a
> >> habit.” ~ Aristotle
> >>
> >>
> >> Sent from my iPad
> >>
> >> On 1 Nov 2018, at 10:57 PM, Grace Githaiga via kictanet
> >> <kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke<mailto:kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke>>
> >> wrote:
> >>
> >>
> >> Kenya is considering regulating online services such as WhatsApp and
> Skype
> >> in a radical move that could force the internet-based service providers
> to
> >> share data with the government.
> >>
> >> The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) is in search of a consultant
> to
> >> study and determine how the so-called over-the-top services (OTTS)
> operated
> >> by groups such as Facebook, which runs WhatsApp, and Skype owner
> Microsoft,
> >> could be regulated.
> >>
> >> Read on:
> >>
> www.nation.co.ke/business/Telcos-regulator-seeks-to-monitor-WhatsApp/996-4833020-fn9u7s/index.html
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> Best regards
> >>
> >>
> >> Githaiga, Grace
> >>
> >>
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