With the disruptions brought about by COVID19, Parliaments are having to explore alternative ways of continuing with plenary and committee sittings, including through the use of online (video) meeting platforms.
I am interested in finding out if anyone here is working on such a project or would be interested in starting up one with me.
In particular, I am interested in research/data/country experiences on: -
a) which platforms would guarantee the security of official parliamentary meetings from hacking, leakage of information/proceedings, and ‘listening in’ by uninvited parties?
b) in the case of parliamentary meetings which would ordinarily be open to stakeholders and the public, how can this be achieved when holding such meetings online? How would one verify the identity of people logging into the meeting?
c) what amendments would need to be made to the rules of procedure, for both plenary and committee sittings, by the respective parliaments?
d) are there guidelines that have already been developed by governments/ parliaments in this regard? It would be great to review some of them!
Thank you all. Looking forward to fruitful engagements on this.
Advocate | First Clerk Assistant - Committee Services
Parliament of Kenya