IGF heads for Kenya
INTERNETBy BiztechAfrica - May 6, 2011, 12:20 p.m.
s Internet Governance Forum will be held in sub-Saharan Africa for the first time this September, when it is staged in Kenya.
The sixth annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be held in Nairobi Kenya from the 27th-30th September 2011 at the UN offices in Gigiri.
Around 1500 delegates are expected to participate in the event, among them one of the fathers of the internet” , Vint Serf, and Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
Kenya’ s ICT Board says the IGF will serve as a marketing platform for Kenya, where global stakeholders will touch base with Kenyan innovators and the government to discuss the various untouched areas of internet services and uses.
The Board notes that internet use in Kenya has boomed from 3 million users to 9 million users within only one year, as a result of the drop in the cost of broadband.
Kenya is rich with innovation too, the Board says, noting that in a recent World Bank innovation drive, Kenya alone submitted more than 250 innovations while the European continent as a whole submitted 240 applications.
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