Online hate-mongers put on notice

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By Ronald Owili

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The government has issued a stern warning to those who are using the online platform and airwaves to create animosity among Kenyans during this electioneering period.

ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru says the government is monitoring and will employ measures to prevent hate speech using existing laws.

Quarter one statistics from the communications authority indicate that there are currently 38.5 million mobile subscribers in Kenya translating to a penetration rate of 87.3 percent.

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Internet subscriptions currently stand at 25.6 million with this figure set to increase going forward as more Kenya go online.

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Nonetheless, Mucheru says enough mechanisms are in place to combat hate speech online. Monitoring is also done on the 63 free to air TV stations, as well as 137 fm stations in Kenya.

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Already CA has spent 2 billion shillings in acquiring equipment to monitor online hate speech.

Similarly, African countries are set to have their internet infrastructure interconnected in order to enhance intra-Africa trade, increase internet access and reduce the cost through local traffic.

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In Kenya, there were 247.9  million mobile commerce  transactions carried out last year worth 447.3  billion shillings.

They were speaking during a workshop to build capacity in Africa to exploit internet opportunities organized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Domain and Names, ICANN.

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