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OAS supports Costa Rica in developing national cyber security strategy

March 4, 2015
OAS supports Costa Rica in developing national cyber security strategy 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...

Jamaica targeting US-based IT firms

March 2, 2015
Jamaica targeting US-based IT firms 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.

Letter: Technical investigation reveals your government is working for you by spying on you

February 28, 2015
Letter: Technical investigation reveals your government is working for you by spying on you 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.

Canada helps boost regional military capacity with information technology

February 25, 2015
Canada helps boost regional military capacity with information technology 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.

Chinese spyware discovery revives Caribbean cyber-security fears

February 21, 2015
Chinese spyware discovery revives Caribbean cyber-security fears 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.

OECS to tighten regulations in ICT sector

February 6, 2015
OECS to tighten regulations in ICT sector 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...

ICT sector fundamental to CARICOM growth and development, says secretary general

February 4, 2015
ICT sector fundamental to CARICOM growth and development, says secretary general 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...

CTU celebrates 25th anniversary with ICT Week in Port of Spain

January 29, 2015
CTU celebrates 25th anniversary with ICT Week in Port of Spain 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...

Cyber security predictions for 2015

January 22, 2015
Cyber security predictions for 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...

Eastern Caribbean responds to evolving telecoms landscape

January 17, 2015
Eastern Caribbean responds to evolving telecoms landscape 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...

Three OECS tech companies make top 25 startups to watch in 2015

January 15, 2015
Three OECS tech companies make top 25 startups to watch in 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.

Regional mobile provider upgrades data networks

January 7, 2015
Regional mobile provider upgrades data networks 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...

Increased ICT connection and productivity to foster better jobs and economic growth in St Lucia

November 29, 2014
Increased ICT connection and productivity to foster better jobs and economic growth in St Lucia 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...

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.

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