Kenya distanced from US-led Internet pact

Kenya distanced from US-led Internet pact

Kenya has distanced itself from a United States list of 60 signatories to an agreement that commits countries to not allow the internet to be shut down.

Kenya, Cape Verde, Niger and Senegal are the only African countries on the US-led Declaration for the Future of the Internet DFI list.

The DFI also commits countries to refrain from using the internet to undermine electoral infrastructure and influence election results.

They are committed to not blocking access to lawful content, services, and applications, and also restrict access to personal data by government agencies to the extent that is only permissible by law.

Other listed signatories include the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Japan and Ukraine.

The pact comes after rising digital authoritarianism, where some states have been acting to censor independent news sources, interfere with elections and deny their citizens other human rights. US officials said the pact was a result of the rising digital authoritarianism.

This Declaration is a political commitment by Declaration partners to promote a positive vision for the internet and digital technologies. The White House said that it reaffirms and recommits its partners to a single global Internet one that is truly open and fosters competition, privacy and respect for human rights.

The listing is erroneous, according to a statement released by the US government on the Declaration for the Future of the Internet. According to Mr Oguna, Kenya is one of the signatories to the declaration.

He said that Kenya could only be a signatory to an international instrument after Cabinet approval and ratification by the National Assembly, which is yet to be done for the said pact.

Kenya will be able to state her position on the matter because of the review and the outcome of the process. He said that the listing of Kenya as a signatory is erroneous.

Three months after the crucial General Election in August, where tensions are expected to be high even as results are expected to be transmitted electronically.

In August of 2017, the Supreme Court ordered the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to allow access to its computer servers and electronic devices by the opposition.

In January 2018, the government shut down major local television stations for days following the airing of the mock swearing-in of Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga as the President of the People s People.