he internet has become a way of life for many Kenyans, but are you truly free to use the internet as you would want? Bloggers contribute a lot of content online, but how free are they to communicate their idea and opinions? Citizens contribute a lot of their personal data when they access services online. How safe is their data and identity as they interact with local companies on the internet?
The Freedom Online Coalition committed to meet annually at a global Conference; Kenya is proud to host the second Freedom Online Conference, which will run from September 6-7 at the UN Complex, Gigiri. The theme of the event is “Public Sector Services Online & Open Data-Opportunities and Threats”.
In preparation for the Conference, young activists, techies, bloggers and internet users are invited to explore and debate the themes of the conference at a roundtable event hosted at the iHub. To be effective in talking to Government, it is important to have a platform and a clear message. Join us at the Roundtable to ensure your views and experience are captured and communicated to the Government of Kenya and global community.
Why attend the Roundtable?
Government laws and policies can have a significant impact on citizens and businesses. To ensure the Government understands how its decisions can impact daily life and enterprise, citizens and groups must make their voice heard. The Internet Freedom Conference is an excellent platform to lobby Government and highlight issues that pertain to daily and corporate use of the internet in Kenya.
Who should attend?
Online content publishers like bloggers, website owners and application developers, business owners or staff that offer online services like e-commerce and hosting
activists and dissidents that have an important agenda for the people of Kenya, civil society groups who promote freedom and universal access.
Who will speak at the Roundtable?
The roundtable will encourage debate among participants and will feature discussion and interaction throughout. In addition, the Roundtable will feature some comments from subject-matter experts to help frame the discussions and recommendations, including Dr. Bitange Ndemo, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Information and Communications; Eunice Kariuki, Marketing Director Kenya ICT Board.
Concrete suggestions for action to support bloggers will include; support in as many languages as possible, protection for journalists working online, source protection, and decriminalizing blasphemy online. The role of governments in data protection and fighting cyber crime will also be debated, as was the role of the Internet for development.
This is a unique opportunity to have your voice heard. Come and discuss what the Internet Freedom means to you.
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