One can submit comments on the draft National ICT plan 2017-2021 via an online form on MPAC’s website.
From the executive summary of Fastforward II :
“fastforward II is Trinidad and Tobago’s five-year National Information Communications Technology (NICT) Plan for 2017 to 2021. The result of co-creation, fastforward II is driven by the needs and priorities of the Government, business, and the people of Trinidad and Tobago—as well as the country’s regional and international obligations. The Plan outlines the NICT Agenda, it builds on our past performance in ICT, and it declares a bold vision to see: empowered people, competitive businesses, and transformational government, through ICT…..
…….The Vision of fastforward II is ultimately to support the National Development Strategy 2016–2030, Vision 2030, which outlines the country’s aspiration to attain “first world nation status” by 2030. Whilst supporting Vision 2030, fastforward II is also expected to meet the country’s anticipated social and economic needs. Converging these needs with the potential of ICT, five Strategic Thrusts are proposed to realise the National ICT Vision. They are:
(updated August 3 2017 : to include YouTube links for today’s LACIGF sessions)
The tenth edition of the Latin American & Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (LACIGF) meeting is taking place in Panama City, Panama, on 2-4 August 2017.
What is LACIGF? LACIGF is the Regional Latin American and Caribbean Preparatory Meeting for the Internet Governance Forum. The event has been held annually since 2008 and provides a space for multisectoral dialogue where government, private sector, technical community, academia and civil society organization representatives present and discuss their points of view on the Internet Governance agenda for the region.
The LACIGF agenda shows the times of the various Internet Governance sessions over the 3 days. Note that the times are local to Panama which is 1 hour earlier than the time in Trinidad and Tobago. Therefore, one must add one hour to the times listed in the LACIGF agenda.
At least two sessions will feature panelists from the Caribbean
Thursday August 3 2017 at 12noon – 2pm (local time in Trinidad & Tobago)
Integrating the Sustainable Development Objectives (SDOs) and Internet Governance
Friday, August 4th 2017 at 10am – 11:30am (local time in Trinidad and Tobago)
Local spaces for Internet Governance dialogue. Progress in the various discussions
Some of the general areas of concern regarding the Cybercrime Bill noted in our comments:
Suppression of free speech and the work of journalists
It is important to note that many of the clauses in this Bill can be applied to journalists carrying out their duties, and/or the free speech of private citizens, as well as to persons who are attempting, in the public interest, to report misconduct (aka whistleblowers). In the interest of support of the Fourth Estate as well as the principles of Free Speech enshrined in our Constitution, this Bill requires urgent complementary whistleblower/journalist protection via legislation.
A number of sections outline penalties of $100,000 to $3,000,000. These are non-trivial amounts that far exceed the penalties in other areas that many would view as more serious – for example drunk driving. We wonder if the concept of proportionality could be incorporated in this act. The quantum of penalties will have chilling effect on the legitimate use of computers and networks, for example, students learning about computer security and security professionals investigating vulnerabilities on behalf of their clients.
The general trend in technology has been to move towards using shared server resources in the cloud. This opens up the possibility that data and equipment in use by accused persons may be simultaneously used by other persons unrelated to the accused and may thus be unduly affected by the shutdown and/or seizure of such equipment and data. Care must be taken to protect those who are not party to the criminal activities of other persons.
Potential for Censorship and Abuse
In the interest of protecting the rights of citizens, we believe that all requests for access systems and data should be approved by the Judiciary via the application for, and receipt of, a warrant. This judicial warrant would ensure that any potential for abuse by the State, or its agents, would be mitigated.
Several sections of this Bill seem to run afoul of the Constitution’s directive that persons are protected from self incrimination, for example, the requirement that persons unlock their phones or decrypt their data in furtherance of an investigation. This is a dangerous issue and should be reconsidered.
It is highly likely that the Courts and Trinidad and Tobago Police Service will be called on to deal many cases under this legislation. As such, it is critical that officers of both agencies receive training in some of technical issues surrounding cyber crime. In this regard the TTCS would welcome the opportunity to assist in providing this training and any specialized advice when required.
The comments were put together by the TTCS based on
final review of last comments and edits on Friday June 16 2017 before submitting.
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