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Ministry of ICT To Build Capacity On The Country’s Online Child Protection Policy

Jerome Ochieng
Principal Secretary, Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs, Mr Jerome Ochieng during the visit by a team from National Defence College. [PHOTO/ COURTESY]

Ministry of Information, Communication Technology, Innovation and Youth Affairs is working together with the Communication Authority to build capacity, awareness and publicity around the country’s Online Child Protection Policy.

Principal Secretary, Mr Jerome Ochieng said: “Online child protection has become of great importance. We are working together with the Communication Authority and our main objective is to ensure that we continue to build capacity, awareness creation and publicity.”

Mr Ochieng pointed out that as the country continues to have more applications online, increase its ICT infrastructure and improve on the digital space, the biggest emerging threat is cybersecurity.

“We need to do a number of things, one of them is to actually see how prepared our people are in terms of managing this situation especially in the learning sector. That is where our young people are. We need to ensure that we are able to protect them,” he observed.

He stressed the importance of raising awareness among individuals, especially the young ones on some of the do’s and don’ts when in the learning space and when on the internet. This includes awareness of the risks that are associated with internet usage so that as they get onto this new space, they are cognizant of the threats that exist therein.

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The PS spoke during a visit to Konza Technoplis by a team from the National Defence College, led by General A P Amagola.  Also present during the tour was Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) CEO. Eng. John Tanui.

While also speaking on the country’s digital economy, the PS emphasized the need for reliable and resilient ICT infrastructure in the country, saying it is instrumental in enabling the sector to thrive.

The Government, he added, has been working on digital skills and innovation to support service delivery. “This ensures that as we have our services, and as the Government is digitizing, we have the requisite human capital to be able to support activities being undertaken.”

Also in place to ensure the digital economy succeeds is innovation leveraging on advantages presented by the digital space while encouraging innovation and creativity among the young people. Mr. Ochieng noted that this has borne fruit as evidenced by increased number of innovations.

“There has been very close collaboration with the private sector in the digital space and development of e-commerce to ensure the infrastructure is in place. We also have regulations and rules  that help the digital economy thrive,” the PS added.

At the same time, the PS said the task force established by ICT, Innovations and Youth Affairs Cabinet Minister Mr. Joe Mucheru to look at ICT solutions in helping the country deal with Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic has received numerous submissions which have since been reviewed.

“We have innovations in the health sector, the agriculture sector and how agriculture can be improved, housing sector, education sector and some focusing specifically on the Big 4 Agenda. Some are at very mature levels, and some are at the beginning but we do not discourage them. We have a strategy to try and see how we bring them up through more training and awareness creation.”

“Some of them are undergoing challenges of intellectual property and we have taken them through the process of registering these innovations. I can actually confirm a lot of them are almost getting to the level of maturity and implementation,” he said.

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Written by Francis Muli

Senior reporter at Kahawa Tungu, Muli has a passion for human interest stories. Believes in unearthing societal rots that have been hidden from the public eye.
Follow me on Twitter @FmuliKE. Email francis@kahawatungu.com

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