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June Okal is a Technology, Media and Telecommunications lawyer. She serves as co-organizer of Nairobi Legal Hackers and blogs for Techweez, a leading technology news digital media platform,  and is a fellow of the Internet Society (ISOC), Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the Equity African Leadership Programme (EALP).

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JPMorgan Chase is the first major US bank to create its own cryptocurrency. The bank, which moves more than $6 trillion around the world every day, has created the “JPM Coin,” a digital token that will be used to instantly settle transactions between clients of its wholesale payments business. JPMorgan is preparing for a future in which parts of the essential underpinning of global capitalism, from cross-border payments to corporate debt issuance, move to the…
Last month, the Kenya Parliament passed a concerning amendment to the country’s national identifier law as we had earlier indicated here. Per Alice Munyua, The rebranded, National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) now requires all Kenyans, immigrants, and refugees to turn over their DNA, GPS coordinates of their residential address, retina scans, iris pattern, voice waves, and earlobe geometry before being issued critical identification documents. NIIMS will consolidate information contained in other government…
Nine Democrats in the US Senate, sent letters to the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission asking the agencies to reject T-Mobile’s proposed $26 billion deal to buy Sprint. The letters addressed to Makan Delrahim, head of the Justice Department’s antitrust division, and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai urge the regulators to put the brakes on the merger. The senators said the merger is “likely to raise prices for consumers, harm workers, stifle competition, exacerbate…
As we celebrate the month of love, this February, reports have come out showing that more than 21,000 Americans reported falling for romance-related scams in 2018, losing a total of $143 million and making it the most common type of consumer-facing fraud in the last year. Romance-related schemes involve an alleged scammer setting up a fake personal profile on social media or dating websites to woo potential victims. Scammers then ask their smitten targets to…
This past week, US President Trump signed an executive order meant to spur the development and regulation of artificial intelligence. AI technology is believed to define the future of everything from consumer products to health care to warfare. The executive order is aimed to better educate workers in the field, improve access to the cloud computing services and data needed to build A.I. systems, and promote cooperation with foreign powers. In the United States, the…
Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Kenya to be built with the support of the Korea government. The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has contracted with the Kenya Government on the launch and construction of a similar educational institution called Kenya Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).. The establishment of the research institution, which is said to cost the state KES 10 billion (USD 95 billion) was signed in a…
Kenya’s national anthem has been ‘stolen’ by foreign company. Has it really? As written by IP Lawyer Liz Lenjo, in the past week the internet has been buzzing over this video on the Kenyan vlogger’s use of the Kenyan Anthem. The video was discussing their views on some of the greatest national anthems while sampling them for their audience. To their surprise their video was flagged for a copyright infringement claim as the content ID…
Oral arguments were presented in the most prominent lawsuit challenging the federal government’s repeal of broadband access rules known as net neutrality. The Federal Communications Commission approved the rules in 2015 to ensure internet users equal and open access to all websites and services. More than 30 states have introduced bills to add their own net neutrality protections. Nine, including California, New York, Rhode Island and Washington, have approved such regulations. In repealing the net…
From February 22, 2019 to February 24, 2019, over 5,000 participants will participate in the Global Legal Hackathon. People will pitch ideas, form teams, and create technology-based legal solutions. At the end of the weekend, these teams will present their solutions to a judge panel. Ultimately, there will be one winning team at each location, where they will move on to the next round. The Global Legal Hackathon 2019 organizes law schools, law firms and…
Eighty-two per cent of the students who sat the bar examinations at the Kenya School of Law last year failed. A report by a task force chaired by lawyer Fred Ojiambo released in 2017 shows that from 2009 to 2016 only 7,530 out of 16,086 students passed the bar exams while 8,549 failed. That is a failure rate of 53 per cent. The worrying trend has forced the Law Society of Kenya to start investigations…