As the world has continued to witness a steady increase in the use of digital technology in recent years, many organizations are yet to recognize the need to appreciate cyberspace as an emerging domain for new growth opportunities. This recognition has come into sharp focus during the COVID-19 pandemic where organizations have been compelled to turn to digital technologies manifest in cyberspace to respond to the crisis. COVID-19 has severely tested the resilience of digital technology and it has shown it has the potential to sustain the socio-economic activities. Indications are that this is now going to be the new normal, thus organizations must adjust to this reality.
The key challenges facing organizations include understanding cyberspace as a new domain progressing from land, sea, air, and space towards new emerging opportunities. This demands a paradigm shift in the review of the strategic environment, the economic opportunities, opportunities to advance human wellbeing by exploiting the cyberspace while conscious of cyber threats within the organization’s policies, appreciating the dynamics of policymaking and handling implementation hurdles. The course will help the participants appreciate these opportunities and challenges and how to incorporate them in their organization’s policymaking process.
This programme is designed to explore key issues in the cyberspace policy environment in the face of its increasing role not only as a tool for efficient operations but as a key pillar in an organization’s strategic planning. The participants will discuss some of the key dimensions within the context of cyberspace – innovative technology; potential for economic growth; prospects for increased capital, and cybersecurity – and how these can be harmonized within an organization’s overall policy formulation. A key objective of this course therefore is to build capacity on these four areas.
This programme is designed to enhance participants’ understanding and exploration of key policy issues in the cyberspace environment in the face of the increasing role of digital technology as a key pillar in organizations cyberspace survival. It is intended to build capacity on key dimensions of cyberspace which can then be harmonized with that of organizations overall policy formulation.
- Middle to senior government policymakers
- Senior corporate sector executives
- Development/ Civil Society Organizations sector
- Research and Academia
- Regional intergovernmental agencies.
- Small & Medium Enterprises
By the end of the programme, the participant should be able to:
- Understand the dynamics of policymaking in a fast-changing environment.
- Learn the skills needed to monitor and evaluate ICT policy implementation process.
- Appreciate the opportunities of cyberspace as a key domain in an organization’s strategy.
- Navigate through the unique characteristics and inherent risks in cyberspace.
Key Focus Areas
Participants will cover the following topics:
- Introduction to Public Policy, policymaking, stakeholder management and public participation
- A brief history of ICT policy development in Kenya & the role of public policy
- ICT as a strategic tool in the country’s development agenda to harness cyberspace.
- Introduction to cyberspace as an emerging domain and its key components
- Geopolitics of cyberspace, its stability, resilience, and inclusivity
- International data governance as a facilitator for digital economy
- Proactive policy making to catalyze 4IR and emerging technologies of AI and data
- Cybersecurity, economic threats
The programme heavily employs the case methodology as a learning technique, designed to give participants an environment to analyze real ICT public policy negotiation scenarios as they immerse themselves in various contemporary negotiation challenges, group discussions and lectures delivered by public policy experts (both academic and practitioners).
The mode of delivery can be either online, face to face or a hybrid of both.
Programme Structure and Format
The programme will be delivered by experts in ICT public policy, and will consist of:
- Video presentations
- Group work
- Online asynchronous learning
- A case study through which participants will reinforce and apply their learning
- A ‘reflections and applications’ session, in which the whole class works on how what they have learned should be applied
To address the need for practical hands-on learning the course will be taught by a mix of industry practitioners and highly qualified faculty from Strathmore University Business School with vast experience in leadership development.
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