News from the Caribbean:
April 8, 2015
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia’s internet users can look forward to better connectivity and faster speeds between local internet service providers (ISPs). Digicel signed a memorandum of understanding on April 2, agreeing to become the newest member of the Saint Lucia internet exchange (SLiX).
April 3, 2015
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) -- Grenada Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell says more Caribbean leaders are starting to appreciate the link between science and technology and economic growth. Mitchell is expected to take the recommendations from the just concluded Caribbean...
April 2, 2015
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) -- Caribbean governments must devote at least one percent of their gross domestic product (GDP) to science and technology for the region to make significant progress in this area. This was one of the recommendations coming out of the second high level...
March 31, 2015
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Saint Lucia ministry of public service, information and broadcasting is partnering with the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College to conduct a series of surveys, as part of an in-depth analysis of the nation’s urban and rural broadband Internet connectivity gaps.
March 31, 2015
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) in collaboration with the Organization of American States (OAS) partnered with the Information and Communication Technology (CTIC) for the implementation of a training programme for ICT advisors.
March 28, 2015
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) -- A Caribbean Community (CARICOM) science delegation is to visit Cuba in an effort to strengthen technology links between the region and its Spanish speaking neighbour. The delegation will be headed by Professor Harold Ramkissoon, chairman of CARICOM Science...
March 25, 2015
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Four hundred young men and women in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean will be equipped to participate in the global multi-billion dollar mobile application and animation industries. The Caribbean Development Bank, along with partners, will fund training under the...
March 20, 2015
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia is rolling out a series of training workshops intended to strengthen its information and communications technology (ICT) sector. The workshops will provide orientation and accreditation to eligible institutions or individuals who are interested in conducting training.
March 11, 2015
WASHINGTON, USA -- Not only has China recently been accused of placing spyware in laptop computers donated or sold to Caribbean governments, but a report on Tuesday by investigative news site The Intercept, citing documents obtained from National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower...
March 9, 2015
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Antigua and Barbuda ministry of information, broadcasting, telecommunications and information technology has signed a new agreement with Microsoft Trinidad and Tobago, which will transform how the government does business, ultimately resulting in...
March 4, 2015
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- The Organization of American States (OAS) on Tuesday completed two days of preparatory meetings in San Jose to support the development of a national cyber security strategy in Costa Rica. The meetings, organized with the support of the ministry of science...
March 2, 2015
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of science, technology, energy and mining, Phillip Paulwell, said the ministry will be intensifying efforts to attract more information communications technology (ICT) firms to Jamaica. He said the ministry will be going after US-based companies.
February 28, 2015
Do you have a Trinidad and Tobago government desktop or laptop computer? Then you are being spied upon. Based on technical investigation into government laptops using three independent Linux operating systems and radio wave I was able to control the anti thief tracking system.
February 25, 2015
ST ANN’S FORT, Barbados -- The Canadian government in conjunction with the Barbados Defence Force hosted the second session of a ten-week information technology (IT) workshop on information technology systems support for military members within the Caribbean region.
February 21, 2015
NEW YORK, USA -- Lenovo, the Chinese computer manufacturer that has supplied tens of thousands of laptops to Caribbean governments, is reportedly selling computers that come preinstalled with spyware that hijacks encrypted web sessions and may make users vulnerable.
February 6, 2015
CASTRIES, St Lucia (GIS) -- Market competition within the information and communication technology (ICT) sector was discussed at the 60th meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority held on Wednesday. OECS Director General Dr Didacus Jules said that...
February 4, 2015
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Irwin LaRocque, secretary-general of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), on Monday underscored the critical role that the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) had to play in the integration architecture. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the CTU's...
January 29, 2015
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Grenada’s prime minister, Dr Keith Mitchell, is among several high-profile speakers to present at a regional conference to mark the 25th anniversary of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) next week. Among the technology development experts slated to speak...
January 22, 2015
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Our 2014 predictions and awareness mission covered attack vectors across websites, data, email, and networks due a rise in malware infestations as well as a rise in persons being victims of cybercrime across the Caribbean. In 2014, five of the six forecasts were right...
January 17, 2015
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Officials from across the Eastern Caribbean are working on a joint response to major changes in the region’s rapidly evolving telecommunications landscape. A three-day training workshop on technology and telecommunications issues in the Eastern Caribbean...
January 15, 2015
BRADES, Montserrat -- Two Montserratian startups and one Dominican-based company have been included in SiliconCaribe.com’s Top Caribbean Startups to Watch in 2015. This is the first year that SiliconCaribe, a blog focused on Caribbean technology education, is publishing the list.
January 7, 2015
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Regional mobile phone network provider Digicel Jamaica has deployed new server infrastructure to support rapidly growing demand for mobile broadband services over 2.5G, 3G, and 4G (HSPA+) networks. A longstanding partnership between Digicel and Alepo...
November 29, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia’s government reported on Friday concrete advances in investment climate, connectivity, and productivity at the second accountability workshop of the Caribbean Growth Forum (CGF). During the workshop, government, private sector, civil society, youth and academia...
October 16, 2014
LOS ANGELES, USA -- The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) -- the entity that controls key bits of the Internet -- gathered in Los Angeles this week to tackle an array of hot issues, in particular, governance of the Internet. "Governments want to exert control over the...
October 14, 2014
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The recent establishment of an Internet exchange point (IXP) in Trinidad and Tobago is a necessary step in strengthening the country’s local Internet economy. But it is not enough, says Bevil Wooding, internet strategist with Packet Clearing House (PCH).
October 13, 2014
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Trinidad and Tobago has come in for praise from the international community supporting the global Internet. Raul Echeberría, vice president of global engagement at the Internet Society (ISOC), described Trinidad and Tobago as “very active” in high-level international debates.
October 10, 2014
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- St Vincent and the Grenadines is making strides towards creating a new cadre of local entrepreneurs. Vincentians with dreams of developing their own businesses can now apply for government grants covering the cost of business incubation and training services.