The Kenya Information and Communication (Amendment) Bill, 2019 – No. 61 of 2019 (Malulu Injendi Bill)

The issues as stated by Mwendwa are very true especially for the youth who
have delved into the world of blogging for business as well as a form of
expressing themselves. Regulation of such a space is going to be stifling
to innovation as well as freedom of expression .

On Wed, Sep 25, 2019 at 6:27 PM Mildred Achoch via kictanet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> Dear Mwendwa Kivuva,
>
> Thank you so much for answering the many questions that I had.
>
> Regards,
> Mildred Achoch.
>
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> On Wed, Sep 25, 2019 at 4:11 PM Mwendwa Kivuva via kictanet <
> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>
>> We need to explain the issues at hand very soberly because it seems there
>> is a huge misconception between the DIGITAL and ANALOG world.
>>
>> The digital world shadows what happens in the real world. The only
>> difference is the medium. When I start a group (chama, merry-go-round,
>> investment, motivation, support group, family …) for whatever reason
>> in the analogy world also know as the real world, I am not required to get
>> any licenses or authority. This is just like-minded individuals coming
>> together for social good. That is not any different when people come
>> together in the digital world. And there are many ways to come together in
>> the digital world. The first one was IRC, chatboards, then email groups,
>> then email lists like KICTANet or Skunkworks. With the consolidation of
>> technology, we now have platform-based groups like Whatsapp, Telegram,
>> Wechat, facebook, etc. There is no difference between a WhatsApp group and
>> an email list group like KICTANet, or a chama meeting at Antonio’s fish and
>> chips hotel. Only the medium is different. If you license WhatsApp groups,
>> also license email lists and real-world chamas.
>>
>> Let us go to blogs. Why would anyone want to license a blog? Do they even
>> know what a blog is? The name evolved from a website log to a weblog to the
>> shorter form – blog. A personal journal now facilitated by tech. I want to
>> posit here that it is not possible to license a blog, and I will give the
>> reasons below. The first blogs were individual simple html websites. Then
>> we had individual free hosted blogging platforms like Angelfire, BlogSpot,
>> blogger, WordPress.com, Tumblr, etc. But with the advancement of tech, we
>> saw consolidation. First, there are blogging platforms that run curated
>> content like medium.com, or circled.com. Then we have more consolidation
>> where you can run content specific blogs like YouTube that supports video,
>> or SoundCloud for only voice content and podcasts. Finally, microblogging
>> websites like twitter allow you to blog short contents on a tweet, or
>> longer content through threads. Now, of all these types of logs, which ones
>> would need a license? Can you prevent someone from sending a tweet? Posting
>> on Medium.com, posting on SoundCloud, YouTube? The only thing this law
>> would do is prevent the youth in Kenya from innovating and developing their
>> own next-generation platforms like twitter. Also, registration of .ke
>> domains will stagnate, and reduce. Why would I register a domain where I am
>> subjected to regulation, while I can go to hosted platforms like Medium, or
>> register my blog with a .com domain? Finally, where is the line between a
>> blog and a website? Is kictanet.or.ke a blog? What about nation.co.ke?
>>
>>
>>
>> On Wed, Sep 25, 2019, 09:34 Salim Ali via kictanet <
>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>
>>> Dear All,
>>>
>>> I think this clearance for Group Admins is very essential.
>>>
>>> We approve too much unjustifiable info to the society.
>>>
>>> Regards,
>>>
>>> Salim Ali
>>>
>>> On Tue, Sep 24, 2019 at 4:43 PM Twahir Hussein Kassim via kictanet <
>>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>> >
>>> > Listers,
>>> >
>>> > Reference an article on Standard today (24th September 2019) titled
>>> “Facebook, WhatsApp groups admins to seek CA clearance” attached is the
>>> said bill.
>>> >
>>> > Whilst agreeably we need to regulate the social media inline with
>>> Internet Governance; the essence of this bill is both BACKWARD and
>>> OPPRESSIVE for lack of stronger terms to use.
>>> >
>>> > Having said that, it is imperative that we go through this with a
>>> tooth comb and point it’s flaws and suggest better ways – a better way is
>>> definitely there. On this note, I think it is high time that we started
>>> looking at issue and put up measures before we get hit by such bills and
>>> start fire fighting.
>>> >
>>> > Let’s roll up our sleeves.
>>> >
>>> > Twahir Hussein Kassim
>>> > Email: twahir@hussein.me.ke
>>> > Cellphone: +254 734 259 223
>>> > WhatsApp: +254 722 259 223
>>> >
>>> >
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