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

Barrack

Good to hear from you. Am not in Dubai, but will follow up with the delegation there and revert.

Wambua

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> On 5 Nov 2018, at 19:58, Barrack Otieno <otieno.barrack@gmail.com> 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
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>> From: kictanet
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>> 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
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>>
>> 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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