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The Internet can improve the quality of life for people everywhere. It can enable economic and social growth. But with only a little more than half of the world’s people with access, it does not include all of us.

Internet connectivity and access is a key enabler of economic and social development. It can improve access for the poor to financial services; it can help people with their education and empower them; it can give them a voice when they lack one.

Internet connectivity also enables the fulfillment and exercise of human rights. ICTs allow people to exercise their freedom of expression and other fundamental rights. Internet access is also central to the development agenda and to realizing the success of the Sustainable Development Goals. Lack of access compounds inequality, with many disadvantages for those left offline.

Closing the Internet access gap is a matter of social justice—and of global responsibility. We all must work together to bridge the digital divide and to foster an inclusive digital society.

#SwitchItOn

Internet Shutdown in Ethiopia

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At ksGEN we want to ensure the stability and openness of the internet everywhere. We
have read reports that the government has shut down the internet in Jijiga, Dire Dawa, and Harar cities in Ethiopia. On behalf of the more than 150 organizations from over 50 countries that make up the #KeepitOn Coalition, we implore you to keep the internet on in Eastern Ethiopia.

Research shows that internet shutdowns and violence go hand in hand. Shutdowns disrupt the free flow of information and create a cover of darkness that shields human rights abuses from public scrutiny. Journalists and media workers cannot contact sources, gather information, or file stories without digital communications tools. Justified for various reasons, shutdowns cut off access to vital information, e-commerce, and emergency services, plunging whole communities into fear. Disruptions also destabilize the internet’s power to support small business livelihoods and to drive economic development. A 2016 study by the Brookings Institution, a prominent think tank, revealed that shutdowns drained $2.4 billion from the global
economy between 2015 and 2016.

The internet is our now,the internet is our future,lets share it!

#CyberSafety

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The Internet is without a doubt one of the best resources available to us. Unfortunately it’s also extremely dangerous if you aren’t aware of who and what lurks behind the scenes. Everyone should know how to be safe when surfing the web, but internet safety tips and tricks are spread out all over the web without a go-to resource. Since the majority of internet scam and virus victims are students and young people.

Children often get drawn into peer drama, blowing up the social media sphere with arguments and snarky commentary. Bully behavior may crop up, leaving kids feeling vulnerable and alone. Kids may be quick to take a video and post it online without thinking through the consequences. Parents can do a lot to explain that what goes online, stays online. Forever. Teach kids to take a breath before posting, and to never immediately take to Facebook or Twitter in the heat of anger. Parents should be firm that comments, actions and online behavior should be governed with the same courtesy and respect as kids would convey with people they meet face-to-face.

The Internet in this age can be a wonderful place to learn, shop, play games, and talk to your friends. Unfortunately, there are also predators, identity thieves, and others online who may try to harm you. In order to be safe online, it’s important for you and your kids to be aware of the dangers. Many kids are confident that they know how to be safe online. However, there are a few reasons kids are often more at risk. They may not always think about the consequences of their actions, which can cause them to share too much information about themselves. Kids also are sometimes specifically targeted by cyberbullies or predators.

If you’re a parent or guardian, you can help to keep your kids safe by talking to them about their Internet useteaching them about online dangers, and learning everything you can about the Internet so you can make informed decisions.

Be Cyber Smart!

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Internet shutdowns have adverse effects on free speech, expression, ability to assemble and associate. (Digital Empowerment Foundation).

ksGEN is keen on parking in-depth and productive conversations about the rise of internet shutdowns on the continent.

There has been a dramatic increase in internet shutdowns in Africa. In 2016, the number of shutdowns doubled from the previous year, affecting citizens in 11 countries on the continent. And while the number of shutdowns declined slightly in 2017, governments that resorted to disrupting the internet did so more frequently and for longer periods of time. From anti-government protests to Cameroon, to exam cheating in Ethiopia, concerns of election related violence in Uganda, and quelling social unrest in Zimbabwe, the justifications are diverse.

KeepItOnThere is a pressing need for more in-depth research into the whys and hows governments are choosing to curtail internet access. In particular more research is urgently needed to answer questions around motivations, the legal and political processes that enable internet shutdowns to take place, the technological developments enhancing the ability and willingness for actors to resort to such measures, and the role that international and non-state actors like technology companies, ISPs, and governments are playing in this process.

Internet shutdowns are a fundamental risk, not just to freedom of expression, national or personal security or business operations, but also to the most fundamental of sustainable development challenges faced by all states. (Institute for Human Rights and Business).

The internet is our now,the internet is our future,lets share it!

#KeepItOn

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What is an internet shutdown?

An internet shutdown happens when someone — usually a government — intentionally disrupts the internet or mobile apps to control what people say or do. Shutdowns are also sometimes called “blackouts” or “kill switches.” A more technical definition developed by experts is: “An internet shutdown is an intentional disruption of internet or electronic communications, rendering them inaccessible or effectively unusable, for a specific population or within a location, often to exert control over the flow of information.”

The internet enables all our human rights, and we need our leaders to pledge to #KeepitOn.

Internet shutdowns pose a threat to human rights around the world. They harm everyone: businesses, emergency services, journalism, human rights defenders, and demonstrators. They don’t help victims or restore order. Even worse, the number of internet shutdowns is dramatically increasing around the world.

At ksGEN, our goal is to have effective STEM skills embraced at lower educational levels and women as part and parcel of technological development, research, innovations and implementation.  We are part of this campaign to #KeepItOn. The internet is our now,the internet is our future,lets share it!

#HumanTrafficking

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ksGEN Mission is to make sure the community is attaining and pursue STEAM professionals and/or skills to build sustainable economic development,growing innovation and visualizing a digital oriented community and ensure the change of attitudes and practices of individuals or groups towards STEAM, seeing it as a catalyst for sustainable livelihoods through education,support and empowerment.

On this day we show the world we care by joining the 50 for Freedom campaign to end the 2nd largest criminal industry in the world reaping an estimated USD 32 billion in the trade of human beings because the majority of them are women and girls. It’s time each one of us should stand united and fight against this menace.

Migrants and refugee women and children are especially exposed to . Stronger, broader, faster sanctions are needed for traffickers. Special care and protection must be given to victims.  There several forms of : Forced marriage, begging, labour Sexual exploitation Organs removal Buying & selling of children Child soldiers It’s time to end this crime!

At ksGEN, our stand is: This must change. We are committed to end impunity for human trafficking and to protect the victims.DjV-E60XoAA_ckK

 

 

#FriendshipDay

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As Calvin Coolidge once said, “No person was ever honored for what he received. He was honored for what he gave.”

Success in life comes does not come from what we have, but from what we give. Giving someone a present is one type of generosity.  But, giving your time, your talents or your friendship can make an even bigger difference.

You can give to a friend in need, someone who is struggling or to your community.  The great thing about giving is that you can do it anytime and anywhere.  You just need to think about others and how you can help them.

As you give more to others, you will see more good come from this. Their joy and your joy.  It feels good to give.  As Ben Carson said, “Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.”

If we can all give a little more to others, we will not only be be better people ourselves, but the world will be a better place.  As Margaet Cho said, “Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable ways, it can change someone else’s life forever.”

At ksGEN our goal is to have effective STEM skills embraced at lower educational levels and women as part and parcel of technological development, research, innovations and implementation. We believes that Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”

Happy #FriendshipDay from ksGEN.