Kenya steps up online control
GOVERNMENT| Sept. 3, 2012, 6:08 a.m.
By Semaj Itosno, Nairobi, Kenya
Browsing anonymously will soon be a thing of the past in Kenya following new rules directed at internet service providers (ISPs).
The new laws are particularly targeting social media users and aims to clamp down on hate speech as the country heads to a general election.
The government has given ISPs, including mobile telephone service providers, three months to comply with the new internet spying standards. They will be required to install internet monitoring gadgets that eliminate anonymity of e-mail senders and other web users by December.
Each ISP will be required to install a system that assigns Internet Protocol (commonly called IP) identity to each gadget making any communication originating from such gadgets traceable. Currently, each network has a single IP meaning messages can be easily traced to a network but not the originating equipment.
When implemented, it means Kenya’s 6.4 million internet users will no longer be able to enjoy anonymity on the internet. According to the Communication Commission of Kenya, 95% of Kenya’s internet users access the web through mobile networks, making them handy tools for purveyors of unlawful or unethical messages.
In 2007/2008, Kenya was engulfed in a terrible post-election violence, with hate messages on the internet partly to blame.
The measures come as the September 30 deadline looms for the switching off of counterfeit phones in Kenya. The fake phones have no IME identification, making them hard to track and turning them into an equipment of choice for law breakers.
It is estimated that three million out of the 20 million phones in Kenya are counterfeited.
MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS
CEO of BOCRA to open SAPOA AGMThari Pheko, The Botswana Communications and Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) Chief Executive Officer will be the guest of honour at the 14th southern Africa Postal Operators Association annual general meeting. Read More
Prof Quaynor calls for greater partnerships within Ghana’s ICT sectorThe Board Chairman of Ghana’s National Information Technology Agency (NITA) Professor Nii Narku Quaynor, has called for a much greater collaboration and partnership within the country’s Information and Communication Technology sector. Read More
August is Science, Technology and Innovation MonthBotswana’s Minister of Infrastructure, Science and Technology (MIST), Hon. Nonofo Molefhi will officially launch the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) month on Tuesday. Read More
US President hails Kenya for leading innovation in the regionThe US government has hailed Kenya for setting good example on how technology can change way of doing business. Read More
Ghana’s Vice President opens MOBEX15 in AccraThe Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, has officially opened the first Africa Mobile and ICT Expo dubbed #MOBEX15 in Accra. Read More
Experts seek e-governance to check graftICT experts have urged the adoption of electronic or e-government at all levels to prevent the stealing of public funds. Read More
Khama points to ICT for drop in tourist numbersBotswana’s Minister of Environment and Tourism, Tshekedi Khama, said the tourist numbers into the country continue to plummet largely because of poor ICT development in that sector as well as unreliable air service. Read More
Botswana Ministry introduces e-nnovationBotswana’s Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture (MYSC) is developing ways of getting the local youth to chart the technology waters by coming up with programmes that allow the them to be innovative for the benefit of the nation. Read More
Ghana to build largest data centre in West AfricaThe Ghana government, through the Ministry of Communications, is currently constructing what it believes will be the largest data centre within the West African sub region. Read More
FEATURED STORYKenyan SACCOS riding on innovation to attract customers
As confidence in mainstream banks remains low due to prohibitive interest rates, customers are embracing Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCO) as an alternative.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHAs curtain falls on MDGs, what next?
Dr. Bjorn Lomborg, president of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre, speaks to Biztechafrica about setting smart targets.