What’s Up New Policy

Ndugu Ali:

Asante for the article! Sawa, VERY RELUCTANTLY I give in! Basi we focus on
Safcom improving service delivery for citizens.

Baraka,
Maria

On Saturday, January 16, 2021, Ali Hussein <ali@hussein.me.ke> wrote:

> Maria
>
> With all due respect, I don’t subscribe to your point of view that
> Safaricom needs to be broken. Here’s why:-
>
> 1. Cash transactions make up over 80% of all payment transactions in
> Kenya. So instead of wasting time discussing breaking up Safaricom why not
> fight cash instead?
>
> 2. There is solid competition in the country against Safaricom’s Mpesa.
> They just need to step up. IPSL’s Pesalink <www.ipsl.co.ke/>,
> owned by the Kenya Bankers’ Association can be a solid bulwark against this
> hegemony.
>
> 3. There are enough tools at the disposal of the regulator to keep any
> player who abuses market power in check.
>
> You can also read further an article I wrote on this very subject back in
> 2019:-
>
> Safaricom ‘dominance’ and why we are missing the point
> <www.linkedin.com/pulse/safaricom-dominance-why-we-missing-point-ali-hussein-kassim/>
>
> Regards
>
> *Ali Hussein*
>
> Digital Transformation
>
>
> Tel: +254 713 601113
>
> Twitter: @AliHKassim
>
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>
>
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> organizations that I work with.
>
>
> On Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 12:34 PM maria@afrikaict <mariangunyi@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> Great happenings! The customer has the muscle in the US! We were going to
>> all migrate from WhatsApp STRAIGHT to their competition!
>>
>> Ndugu Hussein, let’s join hands and BREAK UP SAFCOM! When we liberalized
>> telecom in the 90s no one expected Safcom to become such a HUGE MONOPOLY!
>> Not pushing envelope too far, but see now bundles roll over since Gov.
>> Kabogo took Safcom to court?
>>
>> In Kenya KIPENZI CHANGU/CHETU we let services precede LEGISLATION! We
>> took 15 years to pass the Computers Misuse and Cybercrimes Act, 2018 as a
>> STAND ALONE LAW! USAID my former employer funded my company Afrika ICT
>> Strategies in 2005 to support Office of the President’s Directorate of
>> e-Government under Dr. Juma Okech, in creating the Kenya e-Transactions
>> Bill, 2005-2013!
>>
>> In the meantime, Uganda, Rwanda our good jiranis overtook us, as the
>> preferred BPO and Call Center DESTINATIONS, by adopting our e-Government
>> Strategy, e-Transactions BILL………..
>>
>> Good weekend
>>
>> On Saturday, January 16, 2021, Ali Hussein via kictanet <
>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>
>>> And looks like Facebook is hitting the breaks on this thing.
>>>
>>> WhatsApp delays privacy changes amind user backlash
>>> <www.linkedin.com/posts/alihkassim_whatsapp-delays-privacy-changes-amid-user-activity-6756054932576600064-qBfL>
>>>
>>>
>>> Great to see a powerful company admit that they could have done a better
>>> job in communication changes.
>>>
>>>
>>> #Techlash is real.
>>>
>>>
>>> *Ali Hussein*
>>>
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>>>
>>>
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>>>
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>>>
>>>
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>>>
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>>>
>>>
>>> On Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 11:56 AM Barrack Otieno via kictanet <
>>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Listers,
>>>>
>>>> WhatsApp privacy controversy leads company to take out full-page
>>>> adverts asking users to stay
>>>> for more click on this link
>>>> <www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/whatsapp-privacy-adverts-india-b1787443.html?utm_content=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1610657280>
>>>>
>>>> On Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 4:10 PM Renee Kamau via kictanet <
>>>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Hi Josiah,
>>>>>
>>>>> You’re right!
>>>>> Elon Musk said ‘use Signal,’ and confused investors sent the wrong
>>>>> stock up 438% on Monday
>>>>> <www.cnbc.com/2021/01/11/signal-advance-jumps-another-438percent-after-elon-musk-fueled-buying-frenzy.html>
>>>>> “Signal Advance, which reported receiving no revenue in 2015 and
>>>>> 2016, is now worth more than $3 billion.”
>>>>>
>>>>> Apparently this also happened with Zoom a couple of years ago. “…
>>>>> people bought shares of Zoom Technologies, whose ticker symbol was ZOOM but
>>>>> was not the trendy video-calling service Zoom Video Communications, which
>>>>> trades under the symbol ZM. Last year the U.S. Securities and Exchange
>>>>> Commission stopped trading of Zoom Technologies, partly because of
>>>>> confusion over its connection with Zoom Video.”
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> On Wed, Jan 13, 2021, 12:59 Josiah Mugambi via kictanet <
>>>>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> Signal Advance Inc <www.signaladvance.com/> ( whose stock
>>>>>> went x11) has no relation with the Signal <signal.org/>
>>>>>> messaging platform.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> As this is a tech policy group, this may be a useful read (less so
>>>>>> for a non tech person):
>>>>>>
>>>>>> medium.com/swlh/whatsapp-doesnt-read-your-
>>>>>> messages-it-doesn-t-need-to-7ce0ec2846f9
>>>>>>
>>>>>> excerpt:
>>>>>>
>>>>>> “End to end encryption is more about security than privacy. We are
>>>>>> protected against unknown actors but have no control over what known actors
>>>>>> will do.”
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 1:04 AM Rawgee l.k via kictanet <
>>>>>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> My take it could be more of under table business trade agreement
>>>>>>> between Whatsapp and Signal.
>>>>>>> After the announcement from Elon Musk [coincidentally the world’s
>>>>>>> richest man] for guys to move to signal app the stock jumped to 1100%.
>>>>>>> Screenshot on the trade app overview.
>>>>>>> Intresting times both for data privacy and financial services.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> On Tue, Jan 12, 2021, 00:39 Mwendwa Kivuva via kictanet <
>>>>>>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> Those new terms from Facebook/WhatsApp are terrible. Bad for
>>>>>>>> privacy.
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> To illustrate how good laws and punitive fines protect citizens,
>>>>>>>> Facebook has different rules for Europe. Because of GDPR, these new
>>>>>>>> changes do not appear in the European version of the updated terms and
>>>>>>>> conditions. Facebook later confirmed that the rules will not apply in the
>>>>>>>> EU, EEA, or the UK. digit.fyi/facebook-to-
>>>>>>>> access-whatsapp-user-data-except-in-europe/
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> It seems the rest of the world does not matter, even with Data
>>>>>>>> Protection laws available in countries like Kenya. Perhaps it is contempt
>>>>>>>> from Facebook for smaller jurisdictions (What will you do? attitude. –
>>>>>>>> Mtado?). This would be a good intray for the new Kenyan Data Commissioner.
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> My take is that the new rules will not hurt WhatsApp in the long
>>>>>>>> run because of the phenomenon called Network Effect (the value or utility a
>>>>>>>> user derives from a good or service depends on the number of users of
>>>>>>>> compatible products) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_effect
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> Those Church groups, Estate groups, Former school groups,
>>>>>>>> investment groups, … are not moving to Signal or Telegram. A few techie
>>>>>>>> groups and privacy-oriented groups may move, but my prediction is those are
>>>>>>>> the exceptions.
>>>>>>>> ______________________
>>>>>>>> Mwendwa Kivuva, Nairobi, Kenya
>>>>>>>> www.linkedin.com/in/mwendwa-kivuva
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> On Mon, 11 Jan 2021 at 22:31, David Indeje via kictanet <
>>>>>>>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Listers,
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> I think all apps have been sharing our data. It is only that
>>>>>>>>> Facebook has gone public, after all it also owns Instagram. What if it buys
>>>>>>>>> Signal for the Signalers?
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> On Mon, Jan 11, 2021, 8:23 PM John Kariuki via kictanet <
>>>>>>>>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> Listers
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> What are your thoughts on the new terms of service and privacy on
>>>>>>>>>> What’s Up? Facebook plans to share What’s Up data with other Facebook
>>>>>>>>>> products starting from 8th February 2021.
>>>>>>>>>>
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>>>>> Best regards,
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