Cyber Security and Cyber Resilience in East Africa

GCIG Paper No. 15

May 29, 2015

This paper analyzes continuities and discontinuities of collective efforts toward enhanced cyber security in Eastern Africa, with a particular focus on Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. Focusing on the challenges that have followed the contours of East Africa’s distinctive digital cultures, it challenges the view that cyber security and cyber resilience are simply technical problems that can be solved by reducing the gap with more technically advanced nations. On the contrary, it shows how cyber security is an inherently political challenge and that, in the absence of adequate checks and balances, the increasing securitization of domestic and international politics may require costly trade-offs with individual and collective freedoms.

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Global Commission on Internet Governance Paper Series

The Global Commission on Internet Governance was established in January 2014 to articulate and advance a strategic vision for the future of Internet governance. The two-year project conducted and supported independent research on internet-related dimensions of global public policy, culminating in an official commission report that articulates concrete policy recommendations for the future of Internet governance.

About the Authors

Iginio Gagliardone is a research fellow in new media and human rights in the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford.

Nanjira Sambuli is a research manager at iHub, Nairobi, where she leads the Governance & Technology research pillar.