As more Kenyans get online, these spaces have become rife with incidences of cyber violence and harassment. How can we equip Kenyans with tools to protect themselves online, enhance awareness to promote safer online interactions, while also giving at risk groups such as women, children and the LGBTQI Community, specialised support unique to their experiences and needs online? In this thematic area we also challenge social and cultural norms that predispose adverse behaviour online.
Our value proposition is to understand the Kenyan Internet user and how she uses the Internet on a daily basis. The internet can be used for networking, self advancement and for business purposes. In the course of our assignments, we explore how different Kenyans use the Internet for these diverse objectives, how this impacts the economy and different aspects of society.
With an increasing number of Internet users and changing technology, it is important to bring users up to speed with skills that will enable them to navigate the digital sphere. Uptake of digital technologies is dependent on the users interaction and understanding of technology, as well as the nuances surrounding technology. Through our work we also explore how technology provides Kenyans the opportunity to become the ideal citizen, who is informed and keeps government accountable.
Government Responsiveness in the Age of ICTs – Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
This project, a second phase of our engagement as part of the ICT4Dem Network in East Africa, sought to explore the extent to which the government of Kenya is using ICTs to provide services to Kenyans around the country. In the course of the research, our team of qualitative researchers travelled from Nairobi, to Nakuru, Kisumu and finally to Mombasa interviewing Kenyans on their experience using ICTs to access government services. One of the key findings was that there is still a huge gap amongst Kenyans when it comes to adopting and accessing ICTs.
As more Kenyans get online it has become paramount to raise awareness about the threats that present themselves to internet users.
By conducting qualitative research focusing on womens experiences online, we are using this data to customise awareness and education resources and campaigns to make the internet safer for minorities especially women and minors.
- Preliminary Research
- Strategic Framework Development
- Internet Safety Network
Exploring Policy influence in Devolved Kenya, find out who are the policy influencers and what effect devolution had on policy creation.
World bank: Impact of coding bootcamps, to gain a deeper understanding of the effects that coding bootcamps have on participants in terms of influencing their quality of life, including employment patterns and salary levels.
Determinants of venture financing for tech start-ups, to understand the factors that lead to a successful venture and compare the progress of experienced entrepreneurs versus early stage entrepreneurs to understand the factors that help or hinder startup growth and development for different levels of entrepreneurial experience.
Online Dangerous Speech Monitoring project, currently running in Kenya and Nigeria, to develop a globally relevant toolkit for understanding online speech.
ICT and Governance in East Africa, a landscape analysis on how ICTs are being leveraged for various aspects of governance in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.