By Hon Jim Bonnie
I want to explain this in layman’s language so that the most illiterate can understand for we need an uncompromised environment to listen to the proceedings at the Supreme Court. The technical jargon here is “Read Only access”. Note that Read Only is sentence capitalized.
For the skeptics and quack IT gurus, you can access all the details you want through Read Only access to a server and or a system. Systems Development is a mandatory unit in computer science, Information Technology, Business Information Technology, Computer Technology and other computer related courses studied in accredited universities (the key word here is accredited). Those who study computer packages are not allowed to study system development. It can crush their brains. Systems are developed in such a way that any activity on it is automatically recorded.
I will avoid scary technological jargons that a fool may use to intimidate you. A system has a store where all activities are recorded, that is, who accessed the system, from where, at what time and what did s/he do? You can’t change these records unless you totally erase it. Read Only means you can see and read what activity took place in a system but you can’t edit, change, delete, replace or corrupt the record. Are we together?
I’d like Read Only to a PDF version of a document. You can see and read the details of a pdf doc but you can’t edit. You can only delete the entire document. To put it differently, our phones have systems. Let’s take messaging for example. If you go to message box, you can read the messages you sent, whom you sent to and the time you sent. You can’t edit the messages sent or receives neither can you edit the time you sent or received a message. You can only extract that information or delete. That’s Read Only.
Now the IEBC KIEMS is not any different. NASA being given Read Only access means we will be able to see all that happened in the system. If someone logged into the system from Uganda or from mama Ngina’s bedroom and sent results, we will be able to see and extract a report. Now if IEBC and jubilee doesn’t want us to see this information, they can only delete it or kill the system and dump it’s body in Ngong forest but they can’t change it.