News from the Caribbean:
July 25, 2014
NEW YORK, USA -- Proexport Colombia on Wednesday announced the launch of “Colombia Bring IT On,” a major campaign initiative aimed at promoting the growth of the country’s technology sector in the international market and raising awareness of Colombia’s competitive advantages.
July 22, 2014
WARRENS, Barbados -- The Caribbean cyber security center (CCSC) continues to urge the Caribbean region to take the growing threat from cyber criminals and hackers seriously. CCSC estimates that on a frequent basis Caribbean businesses, organizations, governments and...
July 9, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- National authorities around the Caribbean are meeting in St Kitts to receive expert level training in effective broadband pricing by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). These regulations, said Pierre Bowrin, ICT policy advisor...
June 18, 2014
LONDON, England -- CentralNic plc, the registry service provider powering the sale of domain names through online retailers globally, has acquired the business and certain of the assets of Internet.BS Corp, registered in The Bahamas -- the leading retailer of domain names in the Caribbean.
June 16, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica is expected to benefit significantly from an internet exchange point (IXP) facility, which the ministry of science, technology, energy and mining expects to have in place by August. The IXP enables Internet traffic routing within the country where the provision exists.
June 12, 2014
NEW YORK, USA -- The president of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis; the minister of foreign trade, Alexander Mora; and the president and director general of the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE), Jose Rossi and Gabriela Llobet announced on Tuesday in New York that...
June 6, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico has announced a $17 million investment to create an ultra-high-speed internet network to serve the island’s growing technology sector, which translates to up to $289 million in return. The multi-phase infrastructure project, nicknamed Gigabit Island...
May 29, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Writing on Wednesday in the Epoch Times, a privately held news media company with an emphasis on coverage of China, author Dennis Adonis claims that China’s dangerous cyber army has a firm grip on Guyana and the rest of the Caribbean.
May 24, 2014
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- An upcoming meeting of Caribbean Commonwealth officials with responsibility for ICT will bring the region's e-governance and cybercrime issues squarely into focus. The Caribbean stakeholders’ meeting on the importance of ICTs and their impact on...
May 21, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region is “quickly marching” towards a regional arrangement that will see it have its own platform for information and communication technologies (ICTs). And, according to Barbados minister of industry, international business...
May 20, 2014
PITTSBURG, USA -- An announcement on Monday that a grand jury in the United States has indicted five Chinese hackers for cyber espionage and other offences directed at six entities in the US nuclear power, metals and solar products industries has renewed concerns that...
May 10, 2014
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) -- Grenada’s prime minister, Dr Keith Mitchell, has expressed concern about the slow growth in information and communications technology (ICT) within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) compared to the rest of the world. Mitchell said, while ICT is growing in the region...
May 1, 2014
ROSEAU, Dominica -- Regional and international technology experts have gathered in Dominica to address Caribbean technology challenges and to collaboratively derive solutions that are relevant to the region. The Caribbean Network Operators Group, CaribNOG, is hosting...
April 24, 2014
Ever sketched a design idea on paper and wondered what it might look like if it could be brought to life? An earring design, a pendant, perhaps? A sculpture, or special widget? Or even a house plan? One of the greatest challenges faced by artisans, entrepreneurs and small business operators is turning...
April 21, 2014
ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad -- Regional technology experts will share their insights on global internet governance issues, from a Caribbean perspective, at an upcoming forum hosted by the University of the West Indies (UWI). Internet governance deals with the development of shared principles...
April 19, 2014
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Local and regional technology experts will gather in Port of Spain, Trinidad later this month to share their knowledge with participants in a roadshow organised by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
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.