Back in July 2017, we ran an article about the ‘all-seeing, always-knowing Big Brother’ that the Kenya’s Communications Authority (CA) was installing into telecommunications networks dubbed the Device Management System (DMS). The CA said the device was meant to clamp down on fake and stolen mobile devices being used in the various mobile service carriers’ networks.
However, there was a genuine concern for user privacy, as addressed by leading mobile carrier in the country Safaricom, who seemed unsettled by the introduction of the DMS. The telecom said the CA did not address its concerns about the potential of an unauthorized third party getting their hands on subscriber’s private information satisfactorily.
Due to the divisive and highly-charged nature of Kenyan politics, a section of the public believed the CA’s move was a hidden hand of the government trying to control platforms for airing one’s opinion publicly.
Be that as it may, almost four months and two presidential elections down the road. The CA now says it has closed down some 300 social media accounts, and people are currently facing charges of incitement, impersonation, and misuse of the platform …read more