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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).

News reports indicate that telecommunications service provider Vodacom Group is paying out “reasonable compensation” to a former employee of the South African mobile-network operator for his idea to develop a popular call-back service after a former chief executive officer first took credit for the product.

The settlement comes almost a decade after Mr. Kenneth Makate

Recent news articles based on the Editor General’s report are showing that the anti-counterfeits agency’s ability to combat flow of illicit goods will remain hampered due to staff shortages.

Auditor-General Edward Ouko says the Anti-Counterfeit Agency had 73 workers against the required staff size of 250, resulting in a shortfall of 177.

“Further, the agency’s

Law firm Linklaters has began moving some of its associates into permanent tech roles.

This is in a bid to help its developers and lawyers communicate more effectively.

Associates from a number of the firm’s offices – including Singapore, New York and London – have recently completed six- and 12-month secondments with the firm’s Artificial

The Law Society of Kenya has filed Petitions before the Constitutional Court to define the administrative process from investigation, arrest (bail) and arraignment, as well as Advocates’ right to practice and citizens’ right of legal representation.

The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has proposed for establishment of Special Plea Courts where suspects arrested can be

The US Supreme Court to review a new front in the battle over free speech and will decide whether trademark protection can be refused to brands the federal government finds vulgar or lewd.

The case involves a decision of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to deny trademark registration to a clothing line called FUCT.

Lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster Bob Ambrogi has put together an article on the year’s most important developments in legal technology here. 

We highlight his top three here:

Analytics

‘At the center of the analytics story this year has been LexisNexis.

Following its acquisitions of Lex Machina in 2015 and Ravel

According to the Business Daily, leading Telecommunications firms Safaricom and Telkom have won tenders worth Sh888 million and Sh350 million respectively in a deal with the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) to build base transceiver stations to boost network connectivity in 78 remote sub-locations across the country.

The CA awarded contracts totalling Sh1.24 billion to

As a legal tech community, 2018 saw an increase in numbers, interest, events as well as legal instruments.

Below is a glimpse of our top three.

Data Protection

Data Protection and Privacy was at the helm of our conversations as our Legal Hackers community engaged in stakeholder consultations for both Kenya Data Protection Bills. From