Draft National Policy on Data Protection (2005)

Following the posting of the  Draft National Policy on Data Protection (2004) in November 2004, a second revised Draft National Policy on Data Protection was released by the Ministry of Public Administration and Information (MPAI) in September 2005.

Similar to the United Kingdom, one of the main purposes of the revised Draft Data Protection Policy is to

Establish a national Data Commissioner. This Policy and Bill recognise the need for a credible, expert and independent institutional infrastructure to advise the Government on the implementation of this Policy and Bill, as well as determine issues of compliance and redress. It recommends that a regulatory body be established in the form of a Data Commissioner whose role would be to hear appeals regarding access and correction of personal information held by public authorities and selected private sectors to which mandatory requirements would apply, and promote the purposes of the legislation through education, research, and co-operative activities.

 

Draft National Policy on Electronic Transactions (2005)

Following the posting of the Draft National Policy on Electronic Transactions (2004) in November 2004, a second revised Draft National Policy on Electronic Transactions was released by the Ministry of Public Administration and Information (MPAI) in September 2005.

 

 

 

TTCS/TTLUG Installfest 2005

When and Where

Date: Sunday 11th September 2005

Time: 1pm to 5pm

Where: Engineering Consultants (ENCO), 112A Edward Street (corner of Oxford and Edward Street), Port of Spain.

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) will be installing open source software for Windows such as those on the TTCS OSSWIN CD.

The TTLUG will be installing several Linux distros: Fedora Core, Mandriva, Knoppix/Mepis/Morphix Light and for the brave, Gentoo, Slackware and other non-mainstream distros.

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Interview with the TTNIC administrator

Introduction

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) conducted an e-mail interview with Patrick Hosein in April 2005, the administrator of the Trinidad and Tobago Network Information Centre (TTNIC). The TTNIC is responsible for the registration and administration of Internet domain names under the TT (Trinidad and Tobago) Top Level Domain. Examples of such domain names are those ending with .tt.co.tt.org.tt.edu.tt, etc. The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has recently assumed control of the .gov.tt subdomain.

Here are his responses to our questions :
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Summary of TTCS Meetings held in 2004

We hold two types of meetings : Pizza Limes and Tech Meetings. A Pizza Lime is the name given to our monthly discussion forum which is usually held at Pizza Hut, Roxy Roundabout, Port of Spain on the second Wednesday of the month. The tech meeting is when we have computers on site to demonstrate a particular type of hardware or software.

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ADSL in TnT

This article is about ADSL service offered by TSTT in Trinidad and Tobago.

ADSL is an acronym for: Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line. It provides faster Internet/data transfer speeds (as compared to speeds from 56K dial-up modems) over existing telephone lines. The local service is “asymmetric” because download speeds are faster than upload speeds.

ADSL can provide reliable speeds as high as 256 kbits/s, but is limited by distance and the quality of available phone lines (good quality = high speed, bad quality e.g. “noise” on the line = slow speed, closer to the DSLAM-enabled telephone exchange = higher speeds, further away from the DSLAM-enabled telephone exchange = slower speeds).

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Draft Policy on Cable Television Networks and Services

This draft policy was released by the Telecommmunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) in December 2004. The deadline for comments on this policy was December 31st, 2004. The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) obtained this paper document and scanned and converted it to a PDF in late December 2004.

In January 2005, the TATT website came online and has made available the policy.

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Draft Policy on Micro, Small and Medium-sized International Public Telecommunications Services and/or Networks

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This draft policy was released by the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) in December 2004. The deadline for comments on this policy was December 31st, 2004. The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) had obtained these paper documents and scanned and converted it into a PDF in late December 2004.

In January 2005, the TATT website came online and has made available these draft policies for download.

Read TTCS comments :