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Protests Against Finance Bill Continues: Cybersecurity Implications

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Angela Violet,

Cybersecurity & IT Risks Associate (CITRA) 

South-End Tech Limited

Protests against the Finance Bill have increased in Kenya in recent days. Citizens have voiced strong opposition to the proposed changes. The bill introduces a range of tax increases and new levies, raising widespread concerns about its impact on the economy and daily lives of Kenyans. While the focus of the protests has been on economic issues, there are also significant cybersecurity implications that deserve attention.

The Finance Bill faces headwinds due to the potential rise in the cost of living. Key provisions such as the introduction of a housing tax and an increase in VAT on essential items have been particularly controversial. Protesters argue that these measures will disproportionately affect low- and middle-income earners, thereby exacerbating economic inequality. As part of the protests, a diverse coalition of Kenyans, including civil society groups, trade unions, and ordinary citizens, have come together to demand the repeal of the laws.

 As the demonstrations gain momentum, they have highlighted the intersection between economic policies and digital security concerns.

 Impact of the protests on cybersecurity

  1. Rise of cyber activism:

The protests have led to a rise in online activism, with social media platforms becoming important tools for organizing and disseminating information.

 Cyberactivity use these platforms to rally support, share updates, and coordinate protests. This digital activism highlights the need for secure communication channels to protect activists’ identities and data from potential surveillance and cyberthreats.

  • Government Surveillance:

 Increased political activism may lead to increased government monitoring of online communications. While surveillance is often justified for national security reasons, it poses significant risks to privacy and civil liberties. It is important that surveillance measures are appropriate and transparent to maintain public trust.

  • Phishing and misinformation:

 Protests often attract cybercriminals looking to exploit the situation. There is a risk that phishing attacks will increase and misinformation aimed at disrupting protests or stealing personal information will be spread. Protesters and the general public should be vigilant about verifying information and protecting their digital identities.

  • Data Protection:

The protests highlight the importance of strong data protection laws. As citizens become more actively engaged in the digital space, protecting their personal data becomes paramount. Kenya’s Data Protection Act provides the legal framework, but its effective implementation and enforcement is essential to safeguard citizens’ data protection rights in these politically tumultuous times.

 Cybersecurity Best Practices During Protests

 To address the cybersecurity challenges associated with the ongoing protests, both individuals and organizations can adopt several best practices.

  1. Communicate Securely:

 Use encrypted messaging apps to organize and share sensitive information. Tools like Signal and Telegram offer advanced security features to prevent eavesdropping.

  • Verify Information:

 Beware of misinformation and verify the credibility of sources before sharing information. Rely on trusted news outlets and fact-checking organizations to stay informed.

  • Protect Your Personal Information:

 Don’t share personal information online and be aware of your digital footprint. Use strong, unique passwords and enable two-factor authentication for all your accounts.

  • Awareness and Education:

 Stay informed about the latest threats and cybersecurity best practices. Educational resources and training can help improve the digital security of individuals and organizations.

The ongoing protests in Kenya against the Finance Act demonstrate the power of civic participation and the critical role of digital platforms in modern activism.

 As citizens continue to voice their concerns, it is important to remain vigilant to the cybersecurity risks associated with these developments.

By adopting safe communication practices, verifying information, protecting personal information, and educating themselves about cybersecurity threats, demonstrators can protect their digital identities and contribute to a safer online environment. The intersection of economic policy and cybersecurity highlights the need for a holistic approach to meeting the challenges of the digital age.

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