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Trinidad government denies spyware in school computers

September 8, 2014
Trinidad government denies spyware in school computers 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...

Technology: Using digital currencies to increase Caribbean participation in the internet economy

September 8, 2014
Technology: Using digital currencies to increase Caribbean participation in the internet economy 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...

Letter: Spyware on school computers in Trinidad

September 8, 2014
Letter: Spyware on school computers in Trinidad 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.

St Kitts and Nevis to host ICT Week

September 3, 2014
St Kitts and Nevis to host ICT Week 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.

Commentary: Toward a single Caribbean ICT space - Part II

September 3, 2014
Commentary: Toward a single Caribbean ICT space - Part II In 1989 the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Single Market and Economy (CSME) was announced as an initiative “to deepen the integration movement and to better respond to the challenges and opportunities presented by globalization.” In the proceeding years, both the challenges and opportunities...

Testing reveals school computers in Trinidad infected with spyware

September 1, 2014
Testing reveals school computers in Trinidad infected with spyware PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Following several articles previously published on the issue of spyware programs hidden in computers supplied to Caribbean governments and agencies by foreign governments or companies, an amateur radio organisation in Trinidad and Tobago has...

EarthTalk: Dealing with mounting 'e-waste'

September 1, 2014
EarthTalk: Dealing with mounting 'e-waste' With electronic equipment and gadgets the fastest growing waste stream in many countries, how to deal with so-called “e-waste” may in fact be one of the most pressing environmental problems of the 21st century. According to BCC Research, consumers around the world purchased 238.5 million TVs...

Letter: The invasion of our schoolchildren's privacy and who is spying on them

September 1, 2014
Letter: The invasion of our schoolchildren's privacy and who is spying on them We are Trinidad and Tobago Amateur Radio League (TTARL) Amateur Radio Intelligence. The Trinidad and Tobago Amateur Radio League (TTARL) is a registered non-profit organization (T4228/95) operating within Trinidad and Tobago. The TTARL works closely with governmental agencies...

'Jamaican Girls Coding' summer programme narrows gender gap in male-dominated ICT sector

August 27, 2014
'Jamaican Girls Coding' summer programme narrows gender gap in male-dominated ICT sector KINGSTON, Jamaica -- In an effort to close the significant gender gap present in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector, the Jamaica Coalition of Services Industries (JCSI) hosted a four week ‘Jamaican Girls Coding’ summer camp for twenty teenaged girls.

Commentary: Towards a single Caribbean ICT space: Political will not technology needed for success

August 27, 2014
Commentary: Towards a single Caribbean ICT space: Political will not technology needed for success In the face of the mounting economic and social challenges, the Caribbean urgently needs to tap into new sources of growth. Across the region, the search is on for areas that will create new job opportunities, improve its competitiveness and drive innovation. Creation of a single ICT space in the...

A revolution in mobile communication is coming to the Caribbean: Voice over LTE (VoLTE)

August 1, 2014
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- When people talk about LTE networks, also known as 4G, they are mainly referring to data, specifically high-speed data. And it's not unusual. The service is, after all, an “all-IP” technology, which makes maximum use of the efficient exchange of data packets.

Colombia launches first-ever information technology campaign

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.

Caribbean businesses, governments and people could be losing millions to cyber criminals

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...

Caribbean national authorities examine broadband pricing regulations

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...

UK company acquires the Caribbean's largest internet registrar

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.

Internet exchange point to be launched in Jamaica by August

June 16, 2014
Internet exchange point to be launched in Jamaica by August 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.

Intel to establish mega laboratory in Costa Rica for validation of new products

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...

Puerto Rico announces $17 million investment at tech summit

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...

Guyana in the grip of China's cyber army

May 29, 2014
Guyana in the grip of China's cyber army 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.

Caribbean leaders to meet on cybercrime and e-governance

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...

CARICOM to have own ICT platform

May 21, 2014
CARICOM to have own ICT platform 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...

Chinese cyber espionage renews Caribbean security concerns

May 20, 2014
Chinese cyber espionage renews Caribbean security concerns 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...

Grenada PM concerned about slow growth of ICT in CARICOM

May 10, 2014
Grenada PM concerned about slow growth of ICT in CARICOM 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...

Dominica hosts seventh regional CaribNOG meeting

May 1, 2014
Dominica hosts seventh regional CaribNOG meeting 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...

Technology Matters: 3D Printing: The future is now

April 24, 2014
Technology Matters: 3D Printing: The future is now 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...

Regional technology experts to share insights at Caribbean internet governance forum

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...

ICANN roadshow comes to Trinidad and Tobago

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).

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