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Caribbean voices join global internet debate

October 16, 2014
Caribbean voices join global internet debate 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...

New IXP is key to Trinidad and Tobago's internet economy growth

October 14, 2014
New IXP is key to Trinidad and Tobago's internet economy growth 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).

Trinidad and Tobago 'very active' in global internet debate, says ISOC official

October 13, 2014
Trinidad and Tobago 'very active' in global internet debate, says ISOC official 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.

St Vincent offers grants, training to budding tech businesses

October 10, 2014
St Vincent offers grants, training to budding tech businesses 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.

Trinidad and Tobago launches internet exchange point

October 10, 2014
Trinidad and Tobago launches internet exchange point 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)...

Caribbean cyber security awareness is still dangerously low

October 9, 2014
Caribbean cyber security awareness is still dangerously low 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...

Regional tech experts gather in Trinidad

October 7, 2014
Regional tech experts gather in Trinidad 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...

Creating Caribbean futures: Why data infrastructure upgrades are the next step in regional evolution

October 3, 2014
Creating Caribbean futures: Why data infrastructure upgrades are the next step in regional evolution 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...

Tech experts talk regional cyber security at CaribNOG in Curacao

October 2, 2014
Tech experts talk regional cyber security at CaribNOG in Curacao 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).

Tech heavyweights network for Caribbean development

October 1, 2014
Tech heavyweights network for Caribbean development 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.

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...

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