The Star (Nairobi)

6 December 2012

Kenya Should Not Vote for Internet Regulation

editorial

THE International Telecommunications Union is meeting in Dubai. Some countries now want to start regulating the content available on the Internet

Russia is leading the charge with a clause for a new treaty saying "Member states shall have equal rights to manage the internet... and to support for the operation and development of basic internet infrastructure.

This has been interpreted a first step to wrest control away from the independent bodies that presently manage the Internet.

There are many ugly things on the Internet that we wish were not there. But it is countries like Russia, China and Iran who are pushing for more regulation.

These are countries where media are restricted. These countries want to control the Internet for political reasons, not for moral or ethical reasons.

The Internet has become a revolutionary political force that truly has given power to the people. All across the world, including in Kenya, it provides a platform for citizens to air their concerns.

Kenya has a free media and is committed to freedom of expression. A high level Kenyan delegation in Dubai will reportedly vote against the Russian proposal for regulation. That is the correct position and Kenya should stick to it.

Quote of the day: "He who is reluctant to recognise me opposes me." - West Indian radical psychiatrist Franz Fanon died on December 6, 1961

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