News from the Caribbean:
April 17, 2014
PITTSBURGH, USA -- FinScan, a leading global provider of sanctions/politically exposed persons (PEP) screening solutions, document verification, and sanctions lists has announced the opening of a data centre in the Cayman Islands. The new location was added to meet...
April 17, 2014
WARRENS, Barbados -- The Caribbean Cyber Security Center has urged all Caribbean businesses, governments, and home users running the Microsoft Windows XP operating system (OS) to aggressively plan to upgrade from Windows XP, which is no longer being supported by Microsoft as of April 8, 2014.
April 17, 2014
Technology can turn a cause into a movement, faster than ever before. Yet, in an Internet-enabled world of social networks, mobile payments, virtual learning and crowdsourcing, most firms’ approach to social giving remains stuck in the corporate dark-ages. So how do companies go about unlocking...
April 11, 2014
Scientists, from Aristotle and Einstein through to the great inventors of our generation have long extolled the value of curiosity to the process of discovery and innovation. Humans have an extraordinary capacity for continuous learning. The basic questions of “Why?” and “How?” are common in childhood.
April 8, 2014
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Caribbean leaders will meet in Suriname this week to push forward the region’s technology development agenda. The South American country will host an executive meeting of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) on April 8 and 9 in Paramaribo.
April 5, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The government of Jamaica has sold the 700-megahertz (MHz) spectrum to Digicel Jamaica for J$2.73 billion (US$25 million). Digicel is expected to roll out its services across the island over time, and deliver data, Internet applications, and video streaming at higher speeds.
April 4, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The government of Saint Lucia, through the Caribbean Regional Infrastructure Programme (CARCIP), will officially launch an EC$2.5 million grant instrument to support ICT business incubator services and training. The launch will take place on Tuesday.
March 29, 2014
ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad -- A mobile SMS-based survey service from a Caribbean-based company could change the way data is collected and analysed in the region. If Kenfield Griffith has anything to say about it, his company will soon be adding a potent fuel to the digital revolution.
March 25, 2014
GRANDE ANSE, Grenada -- A regional workshop held in Grenada encouraged local entrepreneurs to leverage cutting-edge technology to develop world-class products and services that address challenges facing Caribbean society. The workshop, held on March 24 and 25, was part of a broader...
March 24, 2014
The Internet will soon be dominated by an exponentially growing number of machines and sensors, rather than people. This so-called internet of things poses interesting new challenges, but it is also opening up an exciting virtual world of new possibilities. Kevin Ashton, in a seminal 2009 article...
March 21, 2014
ST GEORGE'S, Grenada -- The next two years can be very significant for the regional research and education network, C@ribNET, as the Caribbean moves towards a single information communication technology (ICT) space as the digital layer of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy.
March 19, 2014
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean faces a number of complex, deep-rooted and interrelated challenges. Human resource development, economic growth, sustainable development and climate change all featured prominently on the agenda for the recently held 25th intersessional meeting...
March 17, 2014
WARRENS, Barbados -- Caribbean law enforcement must understand that cyber crime has surpassed the international drug trade yet Caribbean businesses, organizations, and governments have done very little to combat this phenomenon. To put this in perspective...
March 17, 2014
A look at recent start-up and investment trends in the consumer technology market makes it clear that the next wave of innovation is going to be in wearable technology. Major companies such as Google, Samsung, Nike and Sony, along with a raft of boutique manufacturers are all pushing new...
March 14, 2014
GRAND ANSE, Grenada -- A series of workshops rolling out across the Caribbean is intended to spark and harness the power of Caribbean innovation as an engine for technology-enabled development and enterprise. The workshop suite is part of a broader World Bank-funded initiative called CARCIP.
March 14, 2014
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will focus over the next two years on unveiling the single information communication technology ICT space as the digital layer of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).
March 12, 2014
Internet governance has emerged as a major point of focus for governments and private sector groups interested in safeguarding and sustaining the growth and innovation spurred by the web. The growing global spotlight on Internet governance is driven by the ever-expanding economic power of the Internet...
March 10, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica (World Bank) -- The next viral mobile sensation could be developed right here in Jamaica. That’s the message from the tech community to young hopefuls in the Caribbean. “Technology can be the great leveller, not only in terms of location but also in terms of size” explained Lisa Harding.
March 8, 2014
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- “One of the greatest challenges facing the Caribbean is getting people to believe in the value of ideas,” said Bernadette Lewis, Secretary General of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU). Lewis was speaking at the St Vincent and the Grenadines leg of...
March 8, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia celebrated its 35th year of independence with a bold step toward improving the quality of Internet services for its citizens. On February 28, the island joined the growing list of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries reaping the benefits of a local internet exchange point.
March 6, 2014
LONDON, England -- Commonwealth ICT Ministers have adopted a Commonwealth cybergovernance model to guide national policy development of their national cyberspace. Representing over 35 Commonwealth countries, ICT ministers and their advisors met in London on 3 - 4 March.
March 4, 2014
LONDON, England -- The first-ever Commonwealth ICT Ministers Forum is taking place in London at which an agreement is expected on a strategy for advancing broadband across the 53-country membership. Ministers will also review recommendations for a pan-Commonwealth..
March 3, 2014
In working with entrepreneurs and startups around the region, by far the main grievance aired is that they are not enough options to raise money to fund their startup dreams. Many have been burned or even given up entirely on the traditional banking avenues. That does not leave many local alternatives.
February 28, 2014
I am informing you about a petition to Apple to include your country/territory in iOS (iPhone) and iCloud, where it is missing at present. Users from countries and territories like American Samoa, Anguilla, Aruba, British Virgin Islands, Cook Islands, Curaçao, French Guiana, Gibraltar, Guam...
February 26, 2014
Using computer and Internet-based technology for business can bring major benefits. However, making the right technology choices can be a bit like a minefield when you’re navigating all of the options that are out there. The following basic guide should help you to the right choices for your business.
February 22, 2014
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Eastern Caribbean small-island developing states face the threats of rising crime, porous borders, climate change, the flight of intellectual capital and the dismantling of preferential trade arrangements for agricultural products, spurred by the contagion of the global financial crisis.
February 20, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia is planning to become the next Caribbean country to establish an Internet exchange point (IXP). That timing seems appropriate. The launch of the Saint Lucia IXP, called SLiX, is being timed as part of Saint Lucia’s celebration 35 years of independence.