Kenya marks Safer Internet Day – CAJ News Africa

from MARY MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
Kenya office
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) STAKEHOLDERS and regulators came together to make the internet a safer and better place for everyone.

This is under the aegis of the 19th edition of Safer Internet Day.

It was celebrated on February 8th under the motto “Together for a better internet”.

The focus was on children and young people.

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) hosted an event in collaboration with several partners.

Google has launched an online stakeholder forum.

Topics related to safer Internet, the existing challenges, concerns and how the situation for the affected groups can be improved were discussed.

Christopher Wambua, acting KFCB chief executive officer, said the issue reinforces and is consistent with the board’s campaigns to keep children safe online.

They aim to work together to create safer online platforms for children and other vulnerable groups.

Wambua said the agency is aware that with the current growth of the internet and technology, stakeholders cannot limit online interaction and internet use among youth.

“Therefore, increased collective consumer awareness is required as we fulfill our regulatory mandate under the Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222 of Kenyan Laws,” Wambua said.

Google has pledged that it is actively working on new technologies that would provide a secure, seamless login experience and eliminate dependency on passwords.

These have emerged as the main cause of data breaches and phishing attempts.

“We’re not just plugging security gaps, we’re working to eliminate entire classes of threats to people who depend on our services,” said Michael Murungi, Public Policy & Government Relations Lead for Kenya and East Africa.

William Kisang’, Chair of Parliament’s Select Committee on ICT, said the Safer Internet Day celebrations are significant as almost all households now have some form of internet access and are vulnerable.

Kenya has enacted the Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Act and the Data Protection Act.

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner is now constituted.

The proposed amendments to the Copyright Act are currently being discussed there.

“We invite the public to come forward and give their opinion on the document,” Kisang’ said.

– CAJ News

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