Internet shutdown: Just beat it

Every day, millions of Kenyans visit Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. Internet shutdown would inconvenience many. PHOTO | FILE | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Our Constitution basically allows the government to bend the rules by invoking the “threat to national security clause” for the citizens’ “good”.

  • Censorship can be enforced by ordering internet service providers to block access to certain or all IP addresses hence a partial and full censorship.

  • This kind of arm-twisting normally leaves ISPs with two options: comply or have their operating licence revoked.     

On February 18, 2016, our neighbours to the west went to cast their ballots in a hotly contested election.


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