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Deloitte executive says Latin America and Caribbean highly vulnerable to cyber-attacks

September 14, 2016
Deloitte executive says Latin America and Caribbean highly vulnerable to cyber-attacks BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Deloitte’s global chief information officer, Larry Quinlan, said that, despite increased improvements in technology in the Caribbean and Latin America, the regions remain highly vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Speaking at the Prime Minister’s...

Clipboard virus belatedly removed from Cuban government website

September 13, 2016
Clipboard virus belatedly removed from Cuban government website HAVANA, Cuba -- A clipboard virus that appeared to be capable of attacking vulnerable computers that had visited the Cuban government information service website (acn.cu) was belatedly removed a day after Caribbean News Now had raised the issue for the second time last week.

Non-profit alliance works to improve access to technology in Puerto Rico

September 8, 2016
Non-profit alliance works to improve access to technology in Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- World Computer Exchange-Puerto Rico and 4GCommunity.org, two not-for-profit corporations, have announced their alliance to improve public school and family access to technology where needed throughout Puerto Rico. Their work will bring...

Thousands of computers possibly infected after visiting Cuban government website

September 5, 2016
Thousands of computers possibly infected after visiting Cuban government website GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- After several weeks of analysis, it has been determined that the Cuban government information website (can.cu) is dispensing a dangerous clipboard virus that aims to steal information from the computers of unsuspecting visitors to that site. The analysis of...

LACNIC On The Move rolls into Dominican Republic, as Santo Domingo hosts internet week

August 23, 2016
LACNIC On The Move rolls into Dominican Republic, as Santo Domingo hosts internet week SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Tech experts from Latin America and the Caribbean will gather in Santo Domingo this month for an important meeting of the region’s Internet community. LACNIC On The Move, a meeting organised by the Internet Registry for Latin America and...

Month-long camp grooms young Caribbean scientists

August 18, 2016
Month-long camp grooms young Caribbean scientists BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- One month ago, 17-year-old Jamaican students Arianna Stephenson and Emmanuel Sylvester didn’t know much about building a wind turbine, or developing and programming an underwater robot. Today, not only can they do both of these things, but they...

ECTEL chairman promotes the benefits of new legislation

August 5, 2016
ECTEL chairman promotes the benefits of new legislation SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL), Senator Dennis Byron, says that the new Electronic Communications Bill for Eastern Caribbean States is designed with best intention to serve the...

Caribbean gains dividends from digital switchover

August 4, 2016
Caribbean gains dividends from digital switchover PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- A shift from analog to digital television broadcast in the Caribbean could be a big boost for local content creators looking to produce and distribute original programs. Free, analog, over-the-air television broadcasting has already been replaced by digital television...

Global tech conference launches in Jamaica

August 4, 2016
Global tech conference launches in Jamaica MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- A new global conference and community platform in Jamaica will encourage relationships between tech entrepreneurs, investors and executives, and serve as a true business catalyst offering a more immersive experience for participants. Tech Beach Retreat...

Making the most of Caribbean spectrum

July 29, 2016
Making the most of Caribbean spectrum PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Caribbean countries have found an interesting way to extract value from one invisible shared commodity. The valuable resource is known to telecommunication industry insiders as spectrum. That’s the simple term for the complex range of electromagnetic...

Guyana tech company set to unveil the world's newest antivirus software

July 9, 2016
Guyana tech company set to unveil the world's newest antivirus software GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- In less than a week, a Guyana-based software development company will be officially launching the world’s newest antivirus software, in addition to a professional PC cleaning tool, and a spyware removal tool. Presumably a first for a Caribbean tech company...

St Maarten to host CaribNOG 12

June 22, 2016
St Maarten to host CaribNOG 12 WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- St Maarten will host the twelfth meeting of the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG) from October 24 to 26. CaribNOG is the Caribbean’s first volunteer-based community of network engineers, computer security experts and tech aficionados.

Belize downloads its digital dreams

June 21, 2016
Belize downloads its digital dreams HAVANA, Cuba -- Errol Cattouse is a man on a mission. He's the chief operating officer of Centaur Cable and the newly appointed chairman of Belize’s internet exchange point. Launched in Belize City on April 27, the exchange point is seen as a key component in the country’s growing technology sector.

BVI pushes for next-level internet development

June 18, 2016
BVI pushes for next-level internet development WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The British Virgin Islands is stepping up efforts to get the most from its internet infrastructure. On June 4, 2011, BVI became only the second country in English-speaking Caribbean to establish an internet exchange point. Called BVI-IX, the exchange point was...

Dominican Republic to hold Internet Week, celebrating 25 years of .do

June 17, 2016
Dominican Republic to hold Internet Week, celebrating 25 years of .do WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- From August 22-25, the Dominican Republic will be marking the 25th anniversary of its .do TLD as part of a four-day event called Internet Week. The event is organised by the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Registry (LACNIC), alongside ICANN...

OAS and private sector to boost digital connectivity in the Americas

June 16, 2016
OAS and private sector to boost digital connectivity in the Americas SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The Organization of American States (OAS), several leading companies in the field of information and communications technologies (ICTs), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and a group of universities from...

Third internet peering forum to be held in the Caribbean next year

June 16, 2016
Third internet peering forum to be held in the Caribbean next year WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The third Caribbean Peering and Interconnection Forum will be held on June 7, 2017, and the Internet community is already looking forward to it. Referred to as CarPIF, the annual forum is two days of meetings and deal-making specifically to promote regional...

CarPIF connects the people behind the region's networks

June 15, 2016
CarPIF connects the people behind the region's networks WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- It seems the region’s tech community is on to something that has eluded our politicians. Human networks are key to our development. And there is a unique group dedicated to getting the right people in the same place at the same time, so that the right deals and...

Over 40 percent of internet users in Jamaica watch at least half of all video online

May 31, 2016
Over 40 percent of internet users in Jamaica watch at least half of all video online KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Ericsson ConsumerLab has published insights from a study called “Networked Consumption,” exploring how the increasing use of the internet and mobile apps is changing user behaviour. The study is based on 942 interviews in Jamaica representing the views of...

Global internet content providers turn attention to Caribbean

May 23, 2016
Global internet content providers turn attention to Caribbean WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Much ink has been spilt and many hands wrung over how slow and expensive the Internet is in the Caribbean. The latest snapshot from ICT Pulse, for example, is a reminder of the price paid and pain felt by those subscribing to regional service providers’ fixed...

Jamaica takes lead in regional telecoms talks

May 23, 2016
Jamaica takes lead in regional telecoms talks KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A multibillion-dollar telecommunications deal, touted as a significant growth opportunity for the Caribbean information and communication technology sector, has come under the scrutiny of the Jamaican government. Liberty Global announced the completion of its...

Caribbean, Latin American tech experts gather in Cuba as LACNIC 25 opens in Havana

May 4, 2016
Caribbean, Latin American tech experts gather in Cuba as LACNIC 25 opens in Havana HAVANA, Cuba -- This week, Cuba is the tech capital of the region as some 700 technology experts and professionals from across the region gather in western Havana for the annual meeting of the Internet Registry for Latin America and the Caribbean (LACNIC). LACNIC is one of five organisations...

Belize launches Caribbean's latest internet exchange point

April 30, 2016
Belize launches Caribbean's latest internet exchange point BELIZE CITY, Belize -- The Belize Public Utilities Commission announced that Belize’s first Internet exchange point, named BIXP, was successfully launched in Belize City on April 27 at the campus of the University of Belize.  The launch was the culmination of unprecedented collaboration...

CDB supports data revolution for Caribbean development

April 26, 2016
CDB supports data revolution for Caribbean development KINGSTON, Jamaica -- National population and housing censuses provide data that could help countries in the Caribbean region improve decision-making, accountability, and address development challenges such as inequalities in employment, education and wealth.

Regional tech community gathers in Jamaica

April 19, 2016
Regional tech community gathers in Jamaica MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Anyone interested in the development of the Internet in Caribbean may have already heard of CaribNOG, the Caribbean Network Operators Group. Over the past decade, this volunteer-based community of computer engineers has grown into a formidable...

Latin America and the Caribbean called on to strengthen efforts on cybersecurity

March 15, 2016
Latin America and the Caribbean called on to strengthen efforts on cybersecurity WASHINGTON, USA -- Leaders of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Organization of American States (OAS) on Monday called on the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean to step up their efforts on cybersecurity after releasing a new study, carried out by the two...

Authorities in Apple-FBI case risk unlocking Pandora's Box, says UN human rights chief

March 5, 2016
Authorities in Apple-FBI case risk unlocking Pandora's Box, says UN human rights chief GENEVA, Switzerland -- The top United Nations human rights official on Friday urged United States authorities to proceed with great caution in their legal efforts to break the encryption on an iPhone linked to the investigation into the mass killings in San Bernardino, California, saying...

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