Picture by Catherine Wanjiku Kang'ethe

Digital Grassroots in collaboration with the  Internet Society Kenya Chapter hosted the Kenya Convening on Internet Governance (KYCIG) on 14th April 2018 at NailabThe KYCIG was organized and coordinated by our very own Joy Wathagi Ndungu, who is the Vice President of Digital Grassroots.
Joy Wathagi Ndungu Organizer & Coordinator KYCIG
The Kenya Youth Convening on Internet Governance is a national, annual forum where youth engage in internet governance topics and join discussions with experts and their peers. Young people (18-25) year olds are first generation digital natives and yet when it comes to political discussions, most of them are not on the table. There is a need to change that. By educating young people on issues such as Internet Governance, privacy and security, and what it would take to connect the world, we are creating the next generation of Internet leaders.

Objectives of the Kenya Youth Convening on Internet Governance are:-

  • Build the capacity of young adults to participate in internet governance discussion
  • Encourage youth to attend and bring contribution to actual internet governance discussion
  • Provide platform for cultivating idea to drive social change and further actualizing the initiative for a healthy and harmonious internet
  • Develop youth network on internet governance
  • Involve youth in policy discussions towards a better and healthy Internet
The main theme was:-The Youth in shaping Kenya’s Digital Future
The convening was graced by young people from counties from all over Kenya as well as its neighbouring country Tanzania. The KYCIG appreciated the non-homogeneity of the youth and ensured that it was an inclusive gathering. Persons with disabilities were in attendance and they also took part in the rigorous debates at the convening. Some of the Digital Grassroots Ambassadors from our first cohort were also in attendance.
Disability is a physical impairment in which interaction with societal barriers hinder development or accessibility to opportunities by people considered 'disabled' - Wilson, Student at School of Law
Digital Grassroots Ambassadors Cohort 1

Our Country Coordinator from Tanzania Rebecca Ryakitimbo and also an ICANNWiki Ambassador hosted a powerful workshop on “Local Content” which was very well received. The workshop highlighted the importance of local content as a tool to bridge the digital divide as well as contribute to the overall goal of increasing digital citizenship. Kenya’s National newspaper was in attendance and they gave us a shout in an article  in their paper known as the Daily Nation. 

Nelson Kwaje and Kendi Gikunda from Web4All hosted an insightful and engaging workshop on " Using technology to create opportunities in areas with low infrastructure" the workshop showcased approaches used to implement projects that aim at creating opportunities for the youth through the use of technology in Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda. Nelson Komba from the YALI Network hosted and run an interesting workshop on "Fake news" that greatly piqued the interest of the young gathering.
Web4All team

The convening ended on a high note with an interesting and growing right known as 
“The Right to be forgotten” piquing the interest of all in attendance.


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