Africa needs an informed approach to tap opportunities and navigate challenges in the global carbon market

The global carbon market is growing at a rapid rate and is currently valued at about $909 billion, almost a trillion dollars. Due to the lucrative nature of the market, African countries are angling themselves for a bite of the cherry. As the continent primes

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Charlatans taking advantage of data security challenges to masquerade as professionals

In the current era, technological advancements have yielded innovative solutions and numerous challenges. Some of these challenges are data protection infiltration, misinformation and disinformation and cybersecurity breaches. There have been instances where non-professionals access information with the intent to impersonate and steal their identity for

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Integrating AI in policing to combat crime and fraud

Minority Report is a film about a police officer working in a department that can detect crimes before they occur, utilising Precogs—mutant beings plugged into machines that possess the ability to predict the future. For many years, humans have been intrigued by the possibility of

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Safeguarding the digital sphere: The crucial role of content moderation for public interest and consumer protection

In the rapidly evolving digital landscape, content moderation has emerged as a critical defence against harmful and inappropriate online content. As the internet becomes an integral part of our lives, the need to ensure a safe and informative online environment becomes paramount. The digital age

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Zoom’s AI data controversy: The role of consumer rights and advocacy in safeguarding digital interactions

  In today’s digital era, the rapid advancement of technology has brought unparalleled convenience and connectivity to our lives. As video conferencing became a lifeline during the pandemic, Zoom emerged as a leading platform, enabling people to work, learn, and socialize remotely. However, recent developments

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AI and privacy: Navigating the intersection of privacy rights and AI advancements while safeguarding businesses from liability

Earlier this month, Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet, was accused of misusing substantial quantities of personal information and copyrighted material in the training of its artificial intelligence systems. The complaint, filed in San Francisco federal court by eight individuals seeking to represent millions of internet

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Silicon Savannah: Re-Imagining Kenya as a hub for the booming global ICT service industry

Understanding the service industry From an economic standpoint, economic activity revolves around two broad categories, goods and services. Goods-producing industries refer to those that produce a tangible item that forms the basis of commerce. They include agriculture, mining, manufacturing, and construction, among others. Service industries,

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Regulating Artificial Intelligence: Kenya needs to establish AI rules as usage grows

As AI continues to grow, it is being utilised more and more in Kenya. AI has the potential of boosting the country’s economy and solving prevalent problems across various sectors. Its application can transform the delivery of government services, improve the healthcare system, increase food

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Taifa-1: Kenya’s leap into space exploration and utilization for food security and beyond

The successful deployment of the Taifa-1 satellite into orbit will signify Kenya’s most significant stride into the realms of space exploration and utilization. It will be a testament to Kenya’s growing capabilities in the space industry and its commitment to leveraging space-based technologies for the

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Cryptocurrency in Kenya

With the collapse of Futures Exchange (FTX), a global cryptocurrency exchange where big firms and individuals had invested a lot of money in, questions have arisen about the safety of investing in the currency. Over four million Kenyans are said to own cryptocurrencies, ranking Kenya

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Forecast 2023: Tech innovations to expect in Kenya

Kenya ranks among the top digital and tech economies in Africa. This is as a result of its advancement in the development of large-scale ICT infrastructure, broadband connectivity, and other digital services. Often referred to as Africa’s Silicon Savannah, Kenya is the regional ICT hub

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Taxing the digital economy: Indepth look at DST, loopholes and how to get it right

The global economy has gone digital. This has increased the issue of tax avoidance and tax equity and sparked an increase in digital taxes worldwide, therefore increasing the number of challenges to trade law. Kenya is one of the nations that have rolled out a

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Global Innovation Index – The Innovation and Startup Strategy- Poised for Doom or Fail?

On October 17, 2022, Mr Kabui Mwangi, an author wrote an article in the Business Daily titled, “Why six Kenyan promising tech start-ups fell in quick succession”. Of the companies he reviewed, it is apparent that start-ups don’t just fail, there could be a great

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Media relationship with the State worth watching in the new administration

The decision by the new administration to deny the media the rights to livestream the inauguration of President William Ruto has marked the start of a rocky relationship with the Fourth Estate. Last weekend, the media was up in arms over the directive that they

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A Review of a report on publicly available Data Policies of Commercial Banks

The Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT), Strathmore University has published a study of the Publicly Available Data Policies of Commercial Banks operating in Kenya in Relation to a Set Data Protection Standard. The report compares the banks’ data policy provisions against

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The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner: 100 days later

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC) on Wednesday commemorated 100 days since the swearing-in of the first Data Commissioner and the establishment of the Office. On this day, the ODPC launched their Official Logo and Website, the Draft Guidance note of Data Protection

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Safer Internet Day: Together for a better Internet

Safer Internet Day is a day in February when people come together for a better internet by raising awareness of the online issues that matter to us. It started as an initiative of the  European Union Safe Borders project in 2004 and was taken up

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The Africa Business Forum: Innovative finance to harness technology

Introduction The Virtual Opening of The Africa Business forum was held on the margins of the 34th Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly Of Heads Of State And Government on 8th February 2021 at 14.45 hrs to 16.00hrs East Africa Time. The Forum was

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The guidance note on Personal Data Protection on COVID-19

In March 2020, the World
Bank declared COVID-19
as a global Pandemic
prompting governments
and health officials to take
precautionary measures to
curb the spread of the virus. Some
of the measures put in place require
an aspect of mass surveillance in
order to map out close contacts
who may have interacted with an
infected or a potentially exposed

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Government priorities for Energy, Infrastructure and ICT

In Kenya’s national finance cycle, the Energy, Infrastructure and ICT Sector (EII) comprises nine sub-sectors namely:  Energy and Petroleum;  Infrastructure;  Transport;  Shipping and Maritime;  Housing and Urban Development;  Public Works;  Information Communication and Technology;  Broadcasting and Telecommunications.  The Sector aims at providing efficient, affordable and

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ICT Practitioner’s Bill: The “Birth of a Profession?”

Hon. Godfrey Otsotsi is back with the Information Communication Technology Practitioners Bill 2020 which has triggered murmurs across Kenya’s technology community. The bill seeks to establish a legal framework for the training, registration, licensing, practice and standards of Information Communication Technology (ICT) professionals in Kenya.

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Race to the Sun: Kenya’s aspirations for Solar Energy

Kenya Power has recorded losses in the last financial year and according to KPLC, the losses were due to top clients turning to solar as a source of energy. Clients such as factories, universities and companies who according to Business Daily on Friday 20th of

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Is Huduma Number the future of KYC

On Wednesday,
during the
unveiling of the
Central Bank
branch in Kisii
County, the
President said
that the rollout of
Huduma Namba
will change
operations in the
banking industry.
He said that the
new system will
make it easier
for banks to
capture details of
clients’ increasing
confidence in
dealing with them.

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FTA Series – Part 3: What you need to know about the COMESA Digital Free Trade Area

COMESA is the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa. In 2018, they agreed to establish a Digital Free Trade Area (DFTA). The initiative that upon inception was expected to create a $17.2 billion-worth market for member states is an online platform for trade facilitation

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Highlights: Draft Consumer Protection Guidelines

Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has released draft consumer protection guidelines for public review and comment. The guidelines are to protect the users and consumers of communications services with regard to the prices, the quality and variety of services.

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Digital Economy Strategy highlights

The Ministry of ICT (MoICT) has released the draft Digital Economy Strategy which focuses on six pillars

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Future of ICT business and infrastructure

Kenya is currently one of Africa’s fastest growing ICT markets where ICTs have increased productivity, accelerated processes, increased human resource digital skills and contributed to improved standards of living for Kenyans.

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Update on the Kenya’s Data Commissioner interviews and appointment

Kenya’s Data Protection Act which came into effect on 25 November 2019, provides for the establishment the office of the Data Protection Commissioner to be headed by the Data Commissioner. The Public Service Commission had undertaken a shortlisting exercise and published names and interview schedules for the 10 shortlisted candidates on 7 July 2020. However, on the same morning, the Employment and Labour Relations Court, through an order issued by Judge Hellen Wasilwa and directed to the Commission to suspend the ongoing recruitment of the Data Commissioner pending the hearing and determination of a petition filed by lawyer Mr Adrian Kamotho.

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This past week has seen a wide range of activities in the technology space with the key highlight in Kenya being the launch of the Lipa Mdogo Mdogo programme by Safaricom in partnership with Google. The name of the programme in Swahili loosely translates to

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On Wednesday this week, the Senate ICT Committee had a meeting ICT industry stakeholders to discuss industry views on items the Senate should focus on in its current session. The meeting was held online and attendance by the Committee members as well as industry was

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In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic the Kenyan economy is experience reduced growth. In fact, it is projected that the growth rate initially pegged at 5.6% will be revised downwards to about -1.5% to 3%. The impact of the pandemic is also reflected in

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Kenya ICT policy 2019 Highlights

National Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) Policy 2019 Introduction The National ICT policy was published on the 30th of December, 2019 and it captures the ICT ambitions of Kenyan citizens and corporations. It also creates a framework for their timely realisation. The policy will be

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Senate, again, to seek justice against National Assembly in court

The two Houses of Parliament are set for another contest in the courts after the Senate agreed to a motion to institute proceedings to challenge laws senators say were enacted illegally in the last Parliament. Senators on Thursday approved a motion co-sponsored by Majority Leader

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Why MPs want to see Rotich urgently

They ideally should have no role in the CDF but MPs get very angry when its disbursement is delayed.

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US issues terror attack, warns Westerners

Expect more alertness in security agencies

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Matiang’i bound to ruffle feathers in his new role

He is a good enforcer but he is not exactly popular amongst his colleagues, and now he has a bigger job.

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