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ON HIGH TECHNO  LOGY Grace Mutung’u

Kenya prides itself amongst Africa’s technology hubs and was, even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the process of implementing several large-scale digitisation projects. Since the announcement of its first official case on Friday March 13, technology has been featured as a solution for access to information, education, finance, justice, and public order. The national broadcaster and many private education providers have been delivering broadcasts for children following school closures. The Central Bank has also given directives on cost-free mobile money transfers to encourage cashless transactions. The judiciary has embraced electronic case management and has published practice directions that guide management of civil cases.1 And the president has announced a partnership with Google Loon for provision of Internet services to underserved areas to support home working.2 On April 21, the ICT Cabinet Secretary appointed an ICT Advisory Committee to ‘coordinate ICT specific responses’ to the pandemic.3 Most of these ICT proposals are proposals for mobile tracing apps. Not all of Kenya’s pandemic policy responses are published, and following the narrative of using technology to fight the unseen enemy, the security services have advanced their surveillance practices, almost unnoticed. Before the suspension of air travel, the Ministry of Health began to

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