People

Grace Mutung'u
Research Fellow, Centre for IP and IT Law (CIPIT), Strathmore University, Nairobi

Ms Grace Mutung’u researches on information and communications technology (ICT) policy in Kenya and Africa, with specialisation in digital rights, governance, and development. She has been involved in ICT policy development over the past ten years and has been engaged in various projects including Kenya’s country domain administration (.ke) dispute resolution policy; public participation for different policies and laws in the sector; legal compliance; and universal periodic review (UPR) reporting on ICT policies and digital rights in several African countries. She is particularly interested in the use of technologies to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and is currently studying how national digital ID programmes intersect with development and social justice. She has also worked in political mobilisation and community development, particularly during initial implementation of Kenya’s 2010 Constitution.

Grace is currently a research fellow at the Centre for IP and IT Law (CIPIT) at Strathmore University, Nairobi. She previously visited Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society as a fellow studying use of the Internet for elections and served as founding trustee for the board of the policy think tank KICTANet. She also provides regular updates on Internet governance developments from Africa for GIP Digital Watch observatory and is participating in several working groups on AI for development. She holds a Master in Contemporary Diplomacy from the University of Malta. Grace is an ardent theatre fan and often seeks dialogue between African literature and digital development.

Events

The UN World Data Forum 2018

22 Oct 18 - 24 Oct 18

United Arab Emirates

Blogs

Digital identities: Issues and cases

21 January 2019

Low and middle income countries are rolling out sophisticated digital identification systems. Will they be a panacea for social and economic inclusion, or are they another way to control people’s personal informatio...

Parliamentary diplomacy and Internet policy making

16 January 2018

Many issues in Internet governance are discussed on both the global and regional levels. For example, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) makes policy on domain names, while the Internet Go...

Effectiveness of multistakeholderism: the Kenya ICT Review 2016

19 December 2016

Collective decision making is not alien to African culture. In many traditional societies, decisions were made by a council after listening to the views of different age groups and other societal groupings. In Kenya f...

Resources

2015

Stakeholderism in African Internet Governance: the Case of the .africa gTLD

In 2012, ICANN announced plans to delegate over 1000 new generic top level domain names, one of which was the long awaited .africa.... Read more...