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#KeepItOn

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.

Empowering Girls with Digital Skills

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Technology can and must be used to further gender equality in Africa.

Empowering girls and women economically, particularly female orphans and those that have experienced anguish, is sure a crucial aspect of any significant push to make them full and equal participants in their communities.

So strengthening the economic role of women is also imperative to reducing poverty and education outcomes, as well as achieving other broad development goals.

ksGEN has decided to take up this feat to train these groups of girls and women in the area of Digital Literacy, Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship. Empowering these group of girls and women will not been easy especially when it comes to communities that do not value girl child education but we are not expecting it to be easy, we have dedicated our time and hearts to ensuring these girls and women get to finally understand the value of education and most importantly Digital Literacy.

As we speak, there plans underway to launch workshops and training across East Africa all for the empowerment of Girl-child education. At ksGEN we believe when we earn trust we become family and sisters, empowering the girls will let them know that they can recreate their future. When the community is watching you, everybody wants to become an asset.”

We want other girls and women to know that you can travel to any village to connect with other sisters without waiting for electricity and bring them online which is filled with ample resources and opportunities for them to grow.