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The government has announced plans to close down all porn websites and regulate films as one way of protecting school going children in the wake of reports of early pregnancies among the minors.

According to Information CS Joe Mucheru, Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK) had the mandate to regulate materials shown to minors adding that they will move with speed and filter some of them.

Mucheru said they were keen on ensuring safety of minors in school and at home noting that they were alarmed by the rising cases of pregnancies in the just concluded national examinations.

“The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) is now under my ministry and will work together with CAK to ensure film content shown to our young people is regulated,” he said.

The CS at the same time put on notice those screening pornographic materials to children saying they will be dealt with once found.

Mucheru was speaking to the press when he opened a two day symposium for Chief Information Officers organized by CIO 100 East Africa at Enashipai resort in Naivasha.

He said the government had made strides geared towards ensuring technological advancements are put in place in every ministry and departments.

He pointed to the Ministry of lands where successful digitization of operations was successful adding that they were now working with the Judiciary to ensure the same was done.

On ICT, the CS called for telecommunication companies to play their role in the use of technology in advancing the Big four agenda.

“My ministry has also received Sh1B that will be used to reward digital innovators under the white box initiative,” he said.

On her part CIO 100 CEO Laura Chite said advancement of technologies in the financial and educational sector had played a major role in service delivery in the country.

She said Kenyans could now access financial services in the comfort of their home without queuing in banking halls while cloud computing had helped access data anywhere and when required.

“This is based on a survey that we conducted with 500 companies in East Africa where technology has impacted on operations and had positive influence to clients,” he said.





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