News from the Caribbean:
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.
October 10, 2014
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Trinidad and Tobago has become the latest Caribbean nation to launch an Internet exchange point (IXP). Called TTIX, the local IXP brings together seven of the country’s Internet service providers (ISPs). Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT)...
October 9, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- October is recognized internationally as “Global Cyber Security Awareness Month.” Unfortunately, cyber security awareness in the Caribbean remains dangerously low making us extremely vulnerable to cyber criminals, hackers, and predators. In the last 12 months we have seen an increase in...
October 7, 2014
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Technology experts from across the region will this week gather in Trinidad for a two-day meeting at the Telecommunications Authority (TATT) office. Shernon Osepa, manager of regional affairs for the Internet Society (ISOC) Latin America and the Caribbean, will moderate...
October 3, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Many Caribbean livelihoods are made and lost around seasonal fluctuations in foreigners’ travel. For much of the region, tourism, an all-too-inefficient form of intraregional human traffic, is economic lifeblood. But for one group of Caribbean islands, a different kind of traffic is...
October 2, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Cyber security was top of the agenda as over 80 technology professionals from 15 countries gathered in Curacao for the second day of a major regional technology conference. The meeting is the eighth regional gathering of the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG).
October 1, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Caribbean people have an appetite for technology that rivals any other region of the world. But who is working behind the scenes to maintain and upgrade the Internet-based services on which we’ve come to depend? On Monday, the answer to that question was to be found in Curacao.
September 8, 2014
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Following a report last Monday by Caribbean News Now that that laptop computers supplied by the Trinidad and Tobago government to local schoolchildren have been found to contain “spyware”, education minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh said the government has...
September 8, 2014
This article looks at a defined problem facing small Caribbean content creators who are attempting to monetize opportunities on the global stage but are left with the headache of resorting to traditional payment infrastructure to actually receive payment. We examine some of the pitfalls of the...
September 8, 2014
Thanks for publishing my letter; the local news media have been highlighting the story in Trinidad and Tobago for the past five days. I listened to the Hon. Minister of Education’s statement on the matter. The ministry of education did contact me and we will be meeting on or about the 8 or 9 September 2014.
September 3, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- When a high-level group of Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) members meet in St Kitts and Nevis from September 22 to 26 September, the challenge of regulating over-the-top (OTT) Internet-based services will no doubt be a main point of focus.