The Friendly Troll

The Friendly Troll

The Friendly Troll is a podcast with observations of the global tech industry from the perspective of the Global South. Our trolling is meant to enlighten listeners and explore interesting topics from a new point of view. The podcast is produced by CIPIT, the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law, at Strathmore Law School in Nairobi, Kenya.

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April 8, 2021 10 min

A recent decision in the US Supreme Court held that copying parts of an application program interface is a "fair use" under US Copyright Law. In this episode, Isaac Rutenberg looks at whether a similar ruling would result in a "fair dealing" framework, and the wider implications of the case. 

Thanks to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) for general support of CIPIT, which allows us to make these pod...

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In this episode, Dr. Melissa Omino and Mugambi Laibuta discuss data protection aspects of the proposed US Kenya FTA from a Kenyan perspective. 

Resources:

1. The Friendly Troll Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/ke/podcast/the-friendly-troll/id1488573883
2. Ole Law Podcast https://anchor.fm/lexole/episodes/Privacy-and-Personal-Data-Protection-eh9qu6
3. Mugambi Laibuta's Blog: https://www.laibuta.com/blog/
4. Negotiation Objectives:...

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In this third episode of the US Kenya FTA Series hosted by Dr Melissa Omino, we are joined by Dr. Isaac Rutenberg the Director of CIPIT, and Lori Wallach, Head Director and Founder of Global Trade Watch, a division of Public Citizen. (link to: https://www.citizen.org/article/lori-wallach-director-public-citizens-global-trade-watch/) 

It is a great privilege to have Lori as a guest on this episode as she is a recognised expert in the...

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In continuing with our series on the US-Kenya FTA, this week’s episode grapples with some of the main areas, that may be included in the FTA, that we are pondering on in digital trade and intellectual property. The host for this episode is Dr. Melissa Omino, and the guests are Abdulmalik Adan and Joanna Kahumbu. 

Agreements mentioned:

  • TRIPS - https://www.wto.org/english/docs_e/legal_e/27-trips.pdf 
  • Japan-US FTA - https:// www.mofa.go....
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    Today's episode asks what the 4IR means for the Global South and what it means to take advantage of the potential for growth both in tech and intellectual property.

    References:
    Make me Smart podcast:
    https://www.marketplace.org/shows/make-me-smart-with-kai-and-molly/will-coronavirus-make-it-easier-to-buy-a-home/
    - The podcast is from 1 July 2020 and not 2 July 2020 as identified in the episode. We regret the error.

    MIT apologizes, p...

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    This is the first episode in a series on the US-Kenya FTA which is currently under negotiations. In this series, we hope to look at various aspects of what might be included in the final text of the FTA including IP, Digital Rights, and Data Governance. The host for this episode is Dr. Melissa Omino, with research assistance from Joanna Kahumbu. 


    Agreements mentioned:

    1. AGOA -  https://agoa.info/about-agoa.html 

    2. AfCFTA - https://a...

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    This week's episode is a foray into astroturfing - promoting ideas through bots intending to mislead the public - and what this means in the time of Covid -19

    Links from the show
    Make Me Smart - Who's organizing those anti-quarantine protests?
    https://www.marketplace.org/shows/make-me-smart-with-kai-and-molly/whos-organizing-those-anti-quarantine-protests/

    The Digital Forensic Research Lab - the 12 ways to spot a bot
    https://m...

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    This week's episode tackles the question of Intellectual Property Rights for Ventilators developed by a group of students in Kenya, answering the question of how their rights, if any, can be secured.

    Links from the show
    MIT's E-Vent program: https://e-vent.mit.edu/

    Editing done on Audacity

    Music credits: Prelude in C (BWV 846) by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4237-prelude-in-c-bwv-846-
    License: http://...

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    March 31, 2020 17 min

    Q1 of 2020 feels like a year in itself, which is why on today's episode, we give you something to look forward to. CIPIT's insights on all things tech and tech legal for 2020, what we expect, what we're looking forward to and who we're watching to make crucial moves. 

    Music credits: Prelude in C (BWV 846) by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4237-prelude-in-c-bwv-846-
    License: http://creativeco...

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    This week's episode chronicles Competition Law (or Antitrust) as seen in the Global South. Our host and co-hosts question what that means for our major players in the digital space including Uber, Jumia and Safaricom.

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    December 6, 2019 20 min

    This week's episode covers the tech giants dominating the global south and their role in shaping the tech market and the social sphere in the global south.

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    This week’s podcast looks at just how important ID is in for the Global South and what needs to be done to ensure that implementation of digital ID doesn’t fall into the traps associated with utilizing private sector actors in the implementation of State-wide digital ID systems.

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    The Friendly Troll is a podcast with observations of the global tech industry from the perspective of the Global South. Our trolling is meant to enlighten listeners and explore interesting topics from a new point of view. The podcast is produced by CIPIT, the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law, at Strathmore Law School in Nairobi, Kenya.

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